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Brain cancer treatment aid now available across England

A new treatment aid will allow surgeons to identify areas of the brain affected by cancer more accurately, helping up to 2,000 patients a year.

Known as “the pink drink”, 5-ALA uses fluorescent dye and ultraviolet light to make cancerous cells glow under UV light. This allows surgeons to more accurately identify the affected areas of the brain. It helps surgeons to tackle some of the hardest to treat cases and make sure healthy cells are left untouched. Around 2,000 patients a year could benefit. More....