Glowing dye allows doctors to see and target prostate cancer cells in real time

A glowing dye that gives surgeons a “second pair of eyes” to remove prostate cancer cells in real-time and permanently eradicate the disease has been developed by scientists.

The fluorescent dye finds areas of cancerous tissue not picked up by the naked eye during prostate removal surgery, allowing doctors to remove far more of the cancer and reduce the chances of it coming back.

It also allows surgeons to preserve healthy tissue, meaning fewer life-changing side effects after surgery.

The technique has been developed by scientists and surgeons at the University of Oxford in collaboration with biotech company ImaginAb Inc and has been funded by Cancer Research UK.