In conversation with: Maria Leiloglou, Research Associate in the Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London; and Martha Kedrzycki, Academic Surgical Registrar within the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
What is GLOW? GLOW stands for ‘Guiding Light Optimizing Wide local excisions’. It describes the fluorescence imaging empowering surgeons to provide accurate breast-conserving surgery to their patients.
1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Most of these women will have early-stage breast cancer, and as such their treatment will be breast-conserving surgery. In breast-conserving surgery only the tumour and a small amount of normal breast tissue (margin) surrounding the tumour is removed, allowing women to keep as much of the remaining normal breast tissue as possible.