Glowing Tumors That Could Improve Cancer Surgery Are Getting Closer To Reality


When a patient is diagnosed with a solid tumor cancer, one of the first options for treatment is often surgical removal of the tumor. But the biggest challenge for surgery as a treatment for cancer is determining, at a cellular level, the border between the tumor and healthy tissue surrounding it. As a result, sometimes surgeons aren’t able to remove the entire tumor and fragments of cancerous tissue may be left behind, or they accidentally remove some healthy tissue along with the cancerous mass.

But fluorescence detection for tumor removal could change that. Fluorescence detection involves using a type of dye that, when stimulated, emits light wavelengths close to infrared light. These light wavelengths can’t be seen by the naked eye and instead require the use of a special camera hooked up to a monitor that projects a sharper image from inside the body.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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