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Sugar helps scientists find and assess prostate tumors

  • Posted: August 16, 2013

A natural form of sugar could offer a new, noninvasive way to precisely image tumors and potentially see whether cancer medication is effective, by means of a new imaging technology developed at UC San Francisco (home of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center) in collaboration with GE Healthcare. The technology uses a compound called pyruvate, which is created when glucose breaks down in the body and which normally supplies energy to cells.

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