Monday, December 3, 2012

Cancer Paint

Worried about neurosurgeons snipping the wrong bits or not being able to see your cancer accurately?  Guess what? They’re worried too!(Ok, maybe you didn't want to hear that.)

But wait, help is coming. I just read a post on the ABTA site about a three-minute film about a tiny molecule that “lights up” brain tumors so neurosurgeons can better distinguish cancer from normal tissue. The film is a semifinalist in the Sundance Film Festival in January.

What does “lights up” means? You gotta see it to believe it.  See what? See “Bringing Light.”

"Bringing Light," ( the three minute film reports focuses on the "Tumor Paint" research led by James Olson, M.D., Ph.D., a clinical researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a pediatric oncologist at Seattle Children's Hospital.

According to an article in the Sacramento Bee, the film, directed by Bert Klasey, Chris Baron and James Allen Smith, also features neurosurgeon Richard Ellenbogen, M.D., chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of  Washington School of Medicine, among others. It is part of a filmmaker competition called "Short Films, Big Ideas" sponsored by Focus Forward Films.

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