Friday, 11 January 2013

Cancer breakthrough as new technique reveals how far it has spread in the body AND spares healthy tissue is unveiled

A ground-breaking technique that reveals just how far cancer has spread in the lymph nodes has been developed by scientists.
The method, which uses flourescent molecules, will allow surgeons to identify which lymph nodes are cancerous so that they can save healthy tissue. The lymph nodes play a vital function in helping the body to recognise and fight germs.
Study leader Dr Quyen Nguyen, from the University of California, San Diego, said: 'In the future, surgeons will be better able to detect and stage cancer that has spread to the patient’s lymph nodes using these molecules.'
Method reveals how far cancer has spread in lymph nodes and could save patients from unnecessary op

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