How is research changing the future of cancer surgery?
New high-tech advances in imaging, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) all look set to radically change cancer surgery in the 21st century. The development of ‘smart’ surgical tools and probes that can sense the difference between cancer cells and healthy cells are also a very exciting area of research right now.
Together, these innovations will continue to make cancer surgery increasingly more precise and less invasive for patients. Researchers even predict that these advances could one day result in fully functional AI-driven robotic ‘surgeons’.
Thanks to your support, Worldwide Cancer Research scientists are already involved in the front-line discovery research required to drive forward some of these innovations in cancer surgery. For example, a Curestarter-funded project in London has already made a discovery that could one day help to make surgery to remove tumours more successful.
Professor Edward Tate and his team at Imperial College London have been able to develop a cutting-edge ‘chemical probe’ to track the activity of a specific protein in pancreatic cancer.
As well as helping them understand vital new information about how this protein is involved cancer growth, the researchers also hope that probes like this could one day be used to detect cancer cells with high levels of certain proteins in the body- and help the surgeon clearly see the boundaries of tumours which produce this protein compared to healthy cells.