Improved Prostate Cancer Detection, Surgeries Possible With Novel Light Reflectance Technique

Improved Prostate Cancer Detection, Surgeries Possible With Novel Light Reflectance Technique
UTSWlogoResearchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in Dallas have determined that an emerging optical-based endoscopic technique called light reflectance spectroscopy can enable surgeons to rapidly and safely evaluate prostate tissue with 85 percent accuracy without excision to distinguish whether it is malignant or benign. The scientists' discovery, which measures light intensity reflected or back-scattered from tissues, could potentially lead to real-time tissue analysis as a standard part of prostate cancer surgery. Benefits of using the light reflectance spectroscopy procedure include its facilitation of highly accurate surgical removal of cancerous tissue while sparing more healthy tissue, thereby minimizing likelihood of the cancer recurring and reducing necessity for additional treatment. However, researchers caution that more follow-up study is needed before this procedure can become a routine element of prostate cancer surgery. CAddeduJ"We used a novel light reflectance spectroscopy probe to evaluate surgical margins on radical prostatectomy tissue specimens and correlated the findings wit
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