Fighting cancer with light

January 25, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Researchers in Philadelphia are among those seeking to expand the use of lasers to target tumors and curtail side effects

Gloria Correa has tried all the standard weapons in her war against cancer: chemotherapy, radiation, and finally surgery.

But when a surgeon opened her up last fall to cut out the deadly tumor that was squeezing her bile duct, he saw that it had engulfed nearby arteries. It was impossible to remove.

Now Correa is trying a gentler-sounding approach at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital: light... read more