Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New OSU technique helps surgeon spot, remove and kill cancer cells, study says

January 6th, 2015

When it comes to surgically removing tumors, surgeons can have difficulty identifying and cutting out every cancer cell but help could be on the way, thanks to a new technique developed at Oregon State University.
OSU researchers used a compound that makes cells glow when exposed to near-infrared light. They inserted it into cancer cells, allowing them to surgically remove the cancer cells and also zap them with phototherapy to kill them.
"This is the kind of double attack that could significantly improve the success of cancer surgeries, said Oleh Taratula, an assistant professor in the OSU College of Pharmacy.
The researchers tested the technique on laboratory mice with ovarian cancer. There was no cancer recurrence after phototherapy and the rodents did not lose weight or exhibit signs of other side effects.

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