It has been reported that researcher from Japan have been looking at a new form of biopsy that could prove valuable when conducting biopsies on patients that have diseases such as the asbestos related cancer, pleural mesothelioma.

The research has been conducted in Osaka, Japan, and involved the biopsy being carried out with an insulated tip diathermic knife when a pleurectomy is being performed. Usually standard flexible forceps are used, but can prove to be problematic.

It is thought that using the diathermic knife could allow a larger amount of tissue to be removed safely, which in turn would make analysis and diagnosis easier for medics, as the sample obtained using standard forceps can often be insufficient.

Mesothelioma can be very difficult to diagnose, and researchers feel that this biopsy method could go some way towards making the diagnosis of this cancer easier and faster.

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