What Are Scorpion Venom And Brain Tumors Doing In A Lab Together?
July 29, 2014
Source - KUOW
After removing a tumor, surgeons are confronted with an unfortunate reality: They can’t be sure they got it all. It can be difficult to distinguish between normal tissue and cancerous cells while operating. Dr. Jim Olson, an oncologist at Seattle Children’s, was inspired by his young patients to find a way to ensure that surgeons didn’t miss anything. “We’ve got to find a way to make these things light up so that we can see what we’re doing while we’re in the operating room,” Olson said on KUOW’s The Record. “Not relying on our eyes and our fingers and our thumbs.” Olson has been on a decade-long quest to create a “tumor paint” – something that would allow surgeons to not only see the true borders of a cancerous area, but other areas outside the margins that may also be cancerous.