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LightIR: Changing The Way We See (And Treat) Cancer Forever

What we do, and why we’re doing it.

Reverse-Engineering Resections:

But before we start, let’s go over what cancer is and why it’s kept getting the better of us for over two thousand years.

Why tumour resections just don’t cut it against cancer. Source

Pathology labs are centers equipped with the tools designed to screen for diseases, and pathologists trained to diagnose them on lab or biopsy specimens.

In a resection, it’s a pathologist's job to guide surgeons while they try locating cancer cells — using their diagnoses to nudge them in the right direction. And while the details might look a bit different from surgery to surgery, here’s how they work:

Microscopic tumour margins from a pathologist’s view. Source

Beating Cancer With Science:

LightIR is the world’s first handheld probe made to streamline resections by detecting cancer accurately, non-invasively, and in real-time. Not only does it help surgeons make the best decisions possible — but it makes cancer relapse almost impossible:

When we put those two ideas together, it means that emitting light at an object and measuring how it reflects off can give us an idea of that object’s molecular composition.

Believe it or not — microscopes aren’t the only way to look for cancer. Aside from how cancer cells don’t look the same as healthy cells, they’re not made the same either.

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