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Technology may find ovarian cancer cells at an earlier stage


Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science highlighted the Chicago Tribune’s coverage of a study conducted by Dr. Backman’s team, which showed promising results for PWS microscopy as a detection method for ovarian cancer. Click here to read full story.

Screening Detects Ovarian Cancer Using Neighboring Cells


Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science reported on the Backman Lab’s ovarian cancer study that was published in the International Journal of Cancer. As described in this article, “The PWS-based test makes use of the “field effect,” a biological phenomenon in which cells located some distance from the malignant or pre-malignant tumor [Continue Reading]

Cheek Swab May Detect Lung Cancer


This National Science Foundation publication covered PWS microscopy’s ability to “…detect lung cancer by merely shining diffuse light on cells swabbed from patients’ cheeks.” According to NSF News, “The recent results are an extension of several successful trials involving the light-scattering analysis technique, including early detection successes with pancreatic and colon cancers. Click here to read full [Continue Reading]

Colon Cancer Screening Technique Shows Continued Promise in New Study


Northwestern university reported that recent clinical trials show that a new colon cancer screening technique created by Dr. Backman’s team “…has a high enough sensitivity that it could potentially be as or more successful than a colonoscopy in screening for colon cancer.” Results from the study, conducted The results were recently published in the journal [Continue Reading]

Nanoscopic Changes to Pancreatic Cells Reveal Cancer


As reported in news from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Drs. Backman, Roy, Subramanian and their colleagues developed a way to examine cell biopsies and detect never-before-seen signs of early-stage pancreatic cancer. Their data had recently been published in the Optical Society of America journal Optics Letters. Click her e to read full [Continue Reading]

Light Shines for Potential Early Cancer Diagnosis Technique


Northwestern University reported that Dr. Backman’s research team using PWS microscopy demonstrated “…for the first time that nanoscale changes are present in cells extremely early on in carcinogenesis.” Their study was published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Click here to read full story.

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