A new guide for brain tumour surgery


One of the problems that surgeons who currently operate on brain tumour patients have is the limited information available when making decisions about the different tissues in which the tumour appears. This is a limitation that also has implications in the possible side effects of the operation in the surrounding areas. What is relevant in these cases is that the damage to these brain tissues can lead to problems in the patient’s movements or their ability to speak.

Fortunately, it seems that in the not too distant future these decisions may be made simpler for surgeons. According to recent research published in the publication Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the mass spectrometer could provide more information than is currently available in such highly complex operations. In the words of Sandro Santagata of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston: "Thanks to this new approach, we are much closer to obtaining a comprehensive view of this problem during the actual surgical operation." At present, a surgeon must wait at least 30 minutes to get the result of a biopsy or Read more