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New Dye Could Tag Melanomas That Aren't Dark

New Dye Could Tag Melanomas That Aren't Dark | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Surgeons may be able to see—and remove—skin cancers completely, thanks to a new compound that tags tumors. Called BLZ-100, the experimental compound combines a fluorescent dye with a protein fragment that binds cancer cells. A phase I clinical trial of intravenously injected BLZ-100 will soon be underway in Australia, enrolling up to 30 people with basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, or melanomas that lack the dark pigment melanin, making them hard to diagnose. In addition, U.S. clinical trials are expected for other kinds of tumors by the end of 2014.



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Blaze Bioscience, Inc.  |  Dec 17, 2013

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'iKnife' Could Revolutionize Cancer Surgery

'iKnife' Could Revolutionize Cancer Surgery | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

A new surgical tool–dubbed the 'iKnife'–has the potential to change the way surgeons operate on cancer patients. Typically, surgeons use knives that vaporize tumors during procedures, which produces a strong-smelling smoke. Under standard protocol the surgeon must send tissue to the lab to be analyzed to determine whether or not it is cancerous, waiting on the results while the patient lies on the operating table for close to 30 minutes. The 'iKnife' eliminates the lab work, analyzing the smoke on its own to distinguish cancerous tissue from healthy tissue; it can tell doctors if the tissue is cancerous almost instantaneously. In a recent study, the knife correctly detected cancer in all 91 patients. Researchers believe the knife will lower tumor recurrence rates and enable more accurate procedures.

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