Michael Rodio | Aug. 12, 2013 | Harper Cancer Research Institute
By creating a novel imaging technique, Professor Amanda Hummon, a colorectal cancer specialist, and Professor Paul Bohn, an imaging expert, are looking inside tumors with greater clarity than ever before.
One of the most vexing challenges in the fight against cancer is the disease’s adaptability: Even if cancerous cells are quickly detected and treated, they can develop new ways to evade treatment.
To make matters worse, researchers have a hard time “seeing” inside tumors, which are jumbled masses of different kinds of cells. This makes it difficult to test how tumors respond to new drugs designed to overcome that resistance. For doctors, it’s like trying to hit a hidden, three-dimensional target—while the target is moving.