|Awarded On||August 21, 2019|
|Title||Novel endoscope-cleaning port for minimally invasive cancer surgery|
|Award Mechanism||Bridging the Gap: Early Translational Research Awards|
|Institution/Organization||Baylor College of Medicine|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Bryan M Burt|
|Cancer Sites||Bladder, Colorectal, Small Intestine|
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has revolutionized the care of patients with cancer. Compared with the bigger incisions of traditional “open” surgery, MIS uses several small incisions to introduce a surgical camera (scope) and instruments into a body cavity. Specific to patients undergoing cancer surgery, MIS results in: 1) a higher chance of receiving and tolerating chemotherapy or radiation after surgery, 2) fewer complications from surgery after preoperative chemotherapy, 3) improved quality-of-life, and 4) preservation of important anti-tumor immune responses. A major, unsolved problem for all MIS is that the lens of the surgical scope is repeatedly soiled by blood and debris, which dec...