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IU Health Doctors Use Dye, Infrared Light To Detect Cancer

The trial uses robotic surgery along with a glowing, green dye to light up cancerous cells on lymph nodes.

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Rossi says she hopes the procedure ends up saving lives, by making cancer treatment more efficient and less invasive

Different cutting edge technologies are being coupled to help fight cancer.

Dr. Emma Rossi, a gynecologic oncologist at IU Health Simon Cancer Center is finding a way to shed some light on cancer removal.

She‘s pioneering a first of its kind clinical trial using robotic surgery along with a glowing, green dye to light up nearby lymph nodes.

“After the patient is asleep during surgery, we‘re injecting their cancer with a dye that glows in the night vision, in the near infrared light range,” Rossi says.

This makes it easier for surgeons to reduce the number of lymph nodes and tissue that has to be removed during surgery. Removing just one node instead of 30 greatly reduces the risk of complications and infections and decreases time of recovery.

Rossi says she hopes the procedure ends up saving lives, by making cancer treatment more efficient and less invasive

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