New research led by the Imperial College of London has found an intelligent knife (iKnife), which can be used to diagnose womb cancer within minutes.
Why in news?
- According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, womb or endometrial cancer is the 6th most commonly occurring cancer among people with uteruses.
How it works:
- The knife uses electric currents on biopsy tissue and then analyses the vapourised aerosols from the tissue in a mass spectrometer to give real-time information about activity in the tissue.
- The study noted that the knife reliably diagnosed endometrial cancer in tissue within seconds with an accuracy of 89%. This would greatly minimise the delays faced by patients who wait for a normal histopathological diagnosis.
Q1) What is Chemotherapy?
It is a treatment which uses drugs to stop or kill the cancerous cells from the targeted part of the patient’s body.
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