An intelligent knife can tell ovarian cancer and healthy tissue apart. Could it make surgery smarter?

Grace Li                                                                                   September 15th, 2018                           

Surgery is a major part of ovarian cancer treatment, but it can be a blunt tool. A big problem for surgeons is knowing what they’re cutting. It can be difficult to tell whether a lump in the ovary is cancer or benign. This makes it difficult to tailor the operation. But there are risks with less radical operations too, warns Dr Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami, Consultant Subspecialist in gynaecological cancer surgery at Imperial College London. “Women can have surgery to remove only one ovary and then discover they have cancer. In this case, a second surgery is needed,” she says.


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