Tumor Paint Makes Surgery Safer for Kids With Cancer

Tumor Paint Makes Surgery Safer for Kids With Cancer

An investigational drug called Tumor Paint BLZ-100, which is derived from scorpion protein, can make cancer cells glow when injected into a vein before surgery. At Seattle Children’s Hospital, doctors and surgeons are testing the safety, dosage and side effects of the new drug in a phase I clinical trial. A glowing brain tumor is easier for surgeons to see and remove, and Tumor Paint also helps keep healthy brain tissue from being injured. Dr. Sarah Leary, a pediatric neuro-oncologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said, “We are thinking about brain development, and not only protecting the brain that is there but protecting the brain for what it is going to do in the decades that come.”

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