Research project Prostate cancer has received significant attention as it is common but difficult to diagnose and treat. Many of the methods that are used are unreliable. The project aims to develop a combination sensor to localise cancer of the prostate. The instrument combines Raman spectroscopy and resonance sensor technology and the hope is that it will prove a good alternative to tissue samples or PSA tests
The purpose of the project is to develop a new method for detection of prostate cancer that can be used during surgical removal and more accurately localise cancer boundaries and determine the level of aggressiveness of the cancer, than existing methods. The aims are to first explore the individual capacity of a micro tactile scanner (MTS) and fibre optic Raman spectroscopy to detect cancer cells and determine the aggressiveness of the cancer. With aggressiveness we mean the ability of the cancer to grow and to metastasize, i.e. to spread and develop new tumours. After the individual capacities have been determined, we want to combine the tactile resonance sensor technique with Raman spectroscopy into a combined probe – a diagnostic tool for fast and detailed detection of cancer, its aggressiveness and its boundaries towards non-cancerous tissue.