Department of Health and Social Care | May 2019 | Innovative brain cancer treatment aid now available across England
An innovative brain cancer treatment could be used to help up to 2000 people a year. Cancer treatment aid 5-ALA (known as the pink drink) is now available across the country and will transform treatment for patients.
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.
The treatment aid will help 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, according to new figures released today (Source: Department of Health and Social Care).
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