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Knife that detects cancer as it cuts through skin

Vyralize: Scientists have developed a surgical knife that can immediately detect whether tissue is cancerous or not as it cuts through.

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RE_L_MAYER1240d ago

Cool, wish they knew how to cure it

SilentNegotiator1240d ago

Conspiracy or over-confidence in something in its early stages of research?

hard joe1240d ago

so only possible for patients in the operating table?
why does it have to cut through the skin first?
would be nice if cancer can be detected before any knife cut through the skin

Speed-Racer1240d ago

It needs to burn the flesh to get smoke. I guess it would apply if there was a growth on the exterior portion of your body as well, but this would make it easier when doctors are trimming away flesh during tissue removal so they get all the right stuff.

zeroskie1240d ago (Edited 1240d ago )

Google: PET Scan. There are many different types of cancers that arise from different cell lineages. They're treated differently for example an acoustic neuroma you don't have to treat at all, a small cell carcinoma needs chemo and radiation and a melanoma or choriocarcinoma would be surgically removed. This knife/smoke thing is helpful for that last case where surgical removal is necessary. In all other cases, biomarkers like CEA and CA19-9 and PET scans can be used to help detect cancer.