Infrared offers odds on skin cancer spreading

Written by Jennifer Newton for Chemistry World

Scientists in Belgium have shown that infrared spectrometry can help predict how likely it is that a melanoma tumour, the deadliest and most common form of skin cancer, has spread to other organs.

Tumour spread, or metastasis, is the main threat to survival in melanoma patients. However, no biomarkers have been identified to indicate a high risk of metastasis and visual assessment of primary tumours by a trained pathologist is unlikely to reveal if cancerous cells have escaped to other parts of the body.

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Infrared imaging of primary melanoma reveals hints of regional and distant metastases

N. Wald and E. Goormaghtigh
Analyst, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN01831A

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