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New drug makes tumors glow pink

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5-Aminolevulinic Acid(5-ALA) is now being used in terms of brain tumors. When the drug comes in contact with tumor cells, it causes them to glow a hot pink. This new drug has many advantages. Doctors can now tell the difference between healthy tissue and the tumor cells more easily. This allows the tumor to have a more defined edge so when treatment is decided upon the tumor can be removed more clearly. The drug is administered by mouth just before the patient is to go into surgery. With more people being willing to try 5-ALA I think this drug will be beneficial.

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