Fluorescence-guided surgery with live molecular navigation--a new cutting edge.
- Author(s): Nguyen, Quyen T
- Tsien, Roger Y
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1038/nrc3566
A glowing new era in cancer surgery may be dawning. Using fluorescently labelled markers, surgical molecular navigation means that tumours and nerves can be displayed in real time intra-operatively in contrasting pseudocolours, which allows more complete tumour resection while preserving important structures. These advances can potentially cause a paradigm shift in cancer surgery, improving patient outcome and decreasing overall health-care costs.