A New Microscope Developed at Rice Could Revolutionize Cancer Surgeries
Toward the end of most cancer surgeries comes a race against the clock, as the surgeon faces a high-stakes decision. Take out too much healthy tissue along with the tumor, and a patient could require longer to recover and experience a lower quality of life. Leave behind any cancerous cells, and the patient could need a second surgery and face an increased chance the tumor will regrow. “Tumors are sneaky,” said Alastair Thompson, a surgeon at Baylor College of Medicine who specializes in breast cancer. “They can have little threads of tumor cells that may be impossible to feel or see with the naked eye.” Determining whether the harmful tissue has been entirely excised requires a series of complicated procedures—all taking place within twenty to…View Original Post
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