Greater precision, less risk for brain surgery

close up of a male and female doctor, both wearing blue gowns, caps and surgical masks, as they perform surgery

Every year in the UK, 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour, and 71% of deaths from brain tumours occur in people under 75 years old. In fact, brain tumours claim more lives of people under 40 than any other cancer, including in children. In addition, brain tumours are extremely difficult to diagnose, and their incidence is rising, with as many as 40% of cancers eventually spread to the brain.[i]

Brain tumour surgery is a highly complex, delicate and risky procedure. Yet a new procedure carried out by a team of surgeons in London may prove to be a game-changer for both patients and doctors alike.

Using both a laser probe and a so-called “smart knife”, surgeons successfully removed a brain tumour from twenty-two year old Ruben Hill, the first patient on which the new procedure was used. The trial operation’s success was recently published in Medical News Today[ii], which notes that the new procedure was able to get around two major challenges facing surgeons performing brain tumour surgery. A laser that can see and a knife that can think One major problem that surgeons encounter while performing brain tumour surgery is the difficulty in distinguishing tumour and healthy brain tissue. Current procedures can only do this by Read more

June 6 – World Transplant Day

World Transplant Day takes place today, 6th of June, a date which serves as a reminder that there are thousands of people around the world that continue to live thanks to organs donated by other people.

Fortunately, medical advances have ensured that the health of those who have undergone a transplant is getting better each day, as well as providing the patient with an opportunity to lead an almost normal life, depending on the specific circumstances of each case and, of course, the organ transplanted.

The WHO is aware of the importance of transplants in global health policies, which is one of the reasons why this year it has created an expert committee with the goal of joining forces, as well as having the leadership of a global head of transplants, a position for which a Spaniard, José Ramón Núñez, has been chosen. Encouraging data  According to figures from the World Transplant Registry, which are reflected in the Newsletter Transplant, the number of global transplants in 2012 increased by almost 3% compared with those made in 2011, reaching a figure of 106,879 operations. According to the WHO, the Read more