NCI Grant Launches Clinical Trials For Colon Cancer Screening

Northwestern researcher Vadim Backman was recently funded by the National Cancer Institute to continue his work on technology that may lead to a less expensive and less invasive test to detect colon cancer.

Backman's group has developed a molecular flashlight, of sorts.  Using light from a xenon bulb, they have devised a method to detect miniscule changes in a cell's structure that are diagnostic for cancer.  The technique is able to detect these changes before they can be seen with a microscope.  As is true for all cancers, early detection is a key factor in survival rate. 

Backman, professor of biomedical engineering at McCormick, is also working on a screening method for pancreatic cancer.  This project was featured in a recent SiS Research Digest article, found here.