Neurosurgeons have several tools at their disposal for locating a high grade glioma/glioblastoma during surgery.
Gloelan is an oral solution the patient drinks prior to surgery that helps the neurosurgeon locate the brain tumor.
Malignant tissue fluoresces a red-violet color, while normal brain tissue appears blue.
Gleolan is the name of a substance called 5-aminolevulinic acid or 5-ALA which is converted by tumor cells to another substance that glows red when you shine a light on it.
Gleolan is given to a patient who has a glioblastoma. During surgery, a blue light is shined on the tumor.
Surgeons will see it glow red which helps to distinguish what is a tumor from what is a normal brain.
There are currently over 700 surgeons trained on the use of Gleolan in almost 250 centers, with 80,000 patients benefiting from the advanced solution worldwide.
Find out more by visiting Gleolan.com.