|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|
*Pending contract negotiation
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...