$1.6M grant to work toward develop prostate cancer scanner

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana researcher has a $1.6 million grant to try to develop a scanner that can rapidly check after prostate cancer surgery to see whether all traces of cancer have been removed.

A news release from Tulane University says the National Cancer Institute’s four-year grant will let J. Quincy Brown work with engineers, mathematicians and medical doctors on developing a rapid microscopy (my-KROSS-kuh-pee) scanner. The team includes doctors in California and Maryland.

Brown says it’s important to remove tumors completely, but difficult to tell quickly whether that was done.

He notes that in prostate cancer, the surgeon must work to avoid nerves and vessels that are important for the patient’s quality of life after surgery.

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