This pen can diagnose cancer in tissue in seconds

Scientists and engineers in Texas have created a pen-like device that can accurately recognize cancer in tissues during surgery. A team at the University of Texas at Austin has invented a tool used during surgeries that can give results in about 10 seconds, which is 150 times faster than current technology, according to the researchers.

Could dogs be better than medical devices at detecting cancer?

Dogs in a small Japanese town are being trained to detect stomach cancer through their scent to try to combat the high rates of stomach cancer in the area, according to media reports. The small 6,000-resident Japanese town of Kaneyama has high rates of stomach cancer and Mayor Hiroshi Suzuki has taken to a sniffer

This microhole chip identifies and sorts cancer cells

Fraunhofer researchers have created a microhole chip that can identify and characterize cancer cells within minutes – helping to catch metastasis before it can begin. Traditional fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) gives an estimate of the number of tumor cells in a patient’s bloodstream. If there is a higher concentration of tumor cells, there is a

This test can detect tiny ovarian tumors sooner than current tests

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a way to detect ovarian tumors that are smaller than 2 mm in diameter, allowing for detection 5 months earlier than existing tests. A synthetic biomarker, which is a nanoparticle that works with tumor proteins to release fragments into the urine for detection, helps the MIT-developed test create

This molecule stops pancreatic cancer cells from spreading

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center scientists have identified molecules that could be the next therapeutic solution for pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal forms of cancer. About 53,670 people are expected to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year with 43,090 dying from it, according to the American Cancer Society. The

New fluorescent probe could light up cancer

What if you could plaster cancer cells with glowing “Here We Are” signs, so surgeons could be confident that they’d removed every last speck of a tumor? That’s what Haiying Liu has in mind for his new fluorescent probe. “Doctors need to pinpoint cancer tissue, but that can be hard,” said Liu, a chemistry professor

This LED-based device predicts radiation skin damage

Researchers at UC Irvine’s Beckman Laser Institute are developing imaging to predict the skin damage that breast cancer patients will experience from radiation treatment, The Optical Society reported today. “We use visible and near-infrared light at very low power and project it onto the breast. We are trying to characterize the skin damage during radiation

Exact Imaging announces new app for micro-ultrasound system

Micro-ultrasound systems company Exact Imaging (Toronto) said today that it is offering a new FusionVu micro-US/MRI fusion application that complements its ExactVu micro-ultrasound system used in prostate imaging and biopsy. Exact Imaging officials describe the approach behind FusionVu as an easy, cost-effective “cognitive assist” for the urologist. The urologist can quickly import radiological reports from MRI scans

How to make ultrasound zap tumors in a moving organ

Researchers led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing think they’ve overcome the challenges standing in the way of using ultrasound to kill cancer tumors in organs that move with breathing. Until now, health practitioners have mostly limited ultrasound to treating prostate cancer, bone metastases and uterine myoma, according to the Fraunhofer Institute (Bremen, Germany). Organs

New blood-based test could detect all lung cancer types

Exact Sciences and the Mayo Clinic recently collaborated on a blood-based lung cancer test that researchers say has shown high accuracy for detecting all stages of lung cancer. “These results reveal an opportunity to detect lung cancer from a simple blood draw,” said Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences, in a news release.

Genetically engineered T-cells treat leukemia in babies

Researchers in London have successfully treated leukemia in two babies, in what they are touting as the world’s first treatment of cancer using genetically engineered immune cells from donors. Doctors treated two British infants, 11 and 16 months old, using Cellectis’s CAR T-cell product, UCART19, which is an allogeneic CAR T-cell product candidate for the

Pump makes breath biopsy more than a pipe dream

A micropump from TTP Ventus is enabling such innovations as Owlstone Medical‘s breath biopsy technology, which is designed to detect early lung or bowel cancers through volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Officials at The Technology Partnership specifically spun out TTP Ventus to help commercialize the second generation of its signature product Disc Pump. Disc Pump is

Cryo tech for microscope samples wins funding

CryoCapCell (Paris) said Tuesday that it has raised €1.5 Million ($1.6 million) from Seventure Partners’s Quadrivium 1 seed capital fund. The money will go toward CryoCapCell’s technology to freeze living tissue samples through ultra-rapid, high-pressure vitrification (or cryogenisation), preventing the alteration of biological structures. The goal is to initially use the technology for cancer research

How nanodiscs could eliminate cancer cells

University of Michigan researchers have successfully developed a cancer vaccine that fights to eliminate colon and melanoma cancer cells and prevent tumor growth in mice. Nanodiscs loaded with tumor neoantigens deliver a customized therapeutic vaccine targeting cancer mutations. The neoantigens are unique mutations found in tumor cells, and the technology of the nanodiscs recognizes the

This chip can detect metastatic cancer cells

Mechanical engineers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have developed a chip that takes a drop of blood from a cancer patient and uses the blood to identify metastatic cancer cells. The device uses antibodies that have attached to carbon nanotubes at the bottom of a well. The cancer cells bind to antibodies based on