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iKnife: the first human trial


For many people with cancer, surgery is almost a guaranteed part of their treatment. In some cases, it cures them. But for others, it’s just the start of a cancer journey marked by postponed treatments and extended hospital stays because they need another operation. All this disruption stems from a lack of technology. Right now, surgeons don’t have a way to know for sure that they’ve removed every cancer cell from the body during the procedure. But all this could change thanks to an experimental surgical device called the intelligent knife that has the unique ability to sniff out cancer cells. This video is part of a series about the iKnife detailing its path from inception to theatre. We follow breast cancer surgeon, Mr Daniel Leff, who is leading Cancer Research UK’s potentially ‘game-changing’ iKnife trial. This first in human trial aims to see whether the intelligent knife can sniff out cancer and make surgery more precise. Read the full story here.

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