Glowing tumors light a path to cancer treatment

June 22, 2016

A new mechanism developed by Professor Angela Belcher and her team of others offers improved ovarian cancer detection and removal. 

"A team at MIT, headed by Professor Angela Belcher at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, had been targeting a variety of cancers that pose challenges caused by delays in diagnosis. They developed novel fluorescent "probes" based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) — chemical compounds that re-emit light when excited by a laser. When injected into a patient, the SWNT probes bind only to tumors, so the tumors appear to glow when seen through an infrared camera." - MIT News

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