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By LAURAN NEERGAARD
AP Medical Writer 

Testing probe to help cancer surgeons know they got it all

 

September 7, 2017



WASHINGTON (AP) — Patients emerging from cancer surgery want to know, "Did you get it all?" Now scientists are developing a pen-like probe to help surgeons better tell when it's safe to stop cutting or if stray tumor cells still lurk.

The device is highly experimental, but laboratory tests show it uses molecular fingerprints to distinguish between cancerous cells and healthy ones far faster than today's technology, Texas researchers reported Wednesday.

"That's really anyone's worst nightmare, to go through surgery and know there's a chance" some cancer remains, said assistant chemistry pr...



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