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Promising new technique for cancer surgery

Dec 27th 2013 at 9:32 PM

Promising new technique for cancer surgery

The UMCG begins this week a clinical study in which fluorescent dyes are used. During cancer surgery this fluorescent dye makes the lymph node or tumor luminous so that the surgeon can see exactly what he needs to remove tissue.

It is expected that in the future, thus the number of (re-) surgery and radiation for breast cancer, and later also in other forms of cancer, will decrease. On 25 February, surgeons of the UMCG the technique used for the first time in the Netherlands in two patients with breast cancer. Current treatment of breast cancer in the Netherlands, patients with breast cancer at an early stage, often opt for a so-called breast-conserving surgery.   for more information about health

During this operation, the surgeon removes only the tumor tissue to avoid. Complete mastectomy The problem with this procedure is that the surgeon during the operation can not see what is tumor tissue, and some healthy tissue.   for more details go to the link

The surgeon during the operation relies on previously captured photos and scans. It is important to know if all the tumor cells have been removed for the determination of the appropriate treatment and prognosis. Therefore, the pathologist examining the tissue removed. If the pathologist finds that the intersections contain cancer cells, cancer cells are not all removed and the patient should be irradiated or even surgery again.

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