Target: Dr. James Olson, creator of Tumor Paint
Goal: To applaud the efforts to develop a technology that illuminates cancerous cells in real-time.
Dr. James Olson, a practitioner at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital and a cancer researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, leads a team who are developing a breakthrough technology called Tumor Paint. The new technology will allow surgeons to be shown real-time imaging that highlights where exactly a tumor is located. This will allow for a huge decrease in medical problems that arise when surgeons accidentally remove too much healthy brain tissue, in the process of removing a tumor.
The Tumor Paint technology is created at the molecular level. One part of the molecule is a chlorotoxin, which travels through the bloodstream and attaches itself to the chloride found on the surface of cells. Fortunately, chlorotoxins prefer the chloride found only on cancerous cells. The other part of the molecule is a fluorescent dye that will illuminate when observed with infrared light. Prior to surgery, patients would be injected with Tumor Paint, allowing for surgeons to operate with a live, glowing image of the cancerous tumor. Without this technology, surgeons are forced to use MRI scans in order to pinpoint a tumor, which often can lead to brain damage or the possibility of tumor regrowth, if not properly executed.
Dr. Olson has been hard at work on this idea of painting tumors for over a decade. The idea had came to him after many encounters with children who had successful surgery, but were then forced to deal with slight brain damage, causing problems with memory, vision and movement. Tumor Paint is set to begin it’s first human trials later this year.
It’s unacceptable for someone to successfully go through the hell of brain surgery, and then be forced to live with a reduced quality of life. Cancer cells don’t appear much different from healthy cells, but with the help from the Tumor Paint substance, more children and adults will be given a better chance for successful operations. Signing the petition below will show your support and commendation of Dr. James Olson, his team, and the Tumor Paint technology.
Dear Dr. James Olson,
Thank you for your efforts toward the creation of Tumor Paint. With this mind-blowing technology, surgeons will be able to better pinpoint the location of cancerous tumors. Not only does this mean a more speedy operation and a lower chance of the cancer returning, but it also means there is a lower chance of unnecessary brain damage that can be caused when attempting to remove tumors. Even the slightest amount of healthy brain tissue that is accidentally removed during operation can lead to memory, vision, or even physical disabilities.
With Tumor Paint, future surgeons will be able to see high resolution, real-time footage of the patients brightly lit tumor. No more relying on past MRI scans for pinpointing the location of cancer clusters. Thank you again for your hard work and dedication for bettering the lives of those who must deal with the personal hells of cancer.
[Your Name Here]