Penn team makes cancer glow to improve surgical outcomes
- Posted: July 30, 2014
Viewed under infrared light, a tumor in a dog's lung glows green. The targeted dye ICG concentrates in cancerous tissues, allowing surgeons to tell normal tissue from tumor. The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence.
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Among the research institutions NCI funds across the United States, it currently designates 68 as Cancer Centers. Largely based in research universities, these facilities are home to many of the NCI-supported scientists who conduct a wide range of intense, laboratory research into cancer’s origins and development. The Cancer Centers Program also focuses on trans-disciplinary research, including population science and clinical research. The centers’ research results are often at the forefront of studies in the cancer field.