NCI Grant Launches Clinical Trials For Colon Cancer Screening

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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.

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