Delivering a potent cancer drug with nanoparticles can lessen side effects

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have shown that they can deliver the cancer drug cisplatin much more effectively and safely in a form that has been encapsulated in a nanoparticle targeted to prostate tumor cells and is activated once it reaches its target.

Using the new particles, the researchers were able to successfully shrink tumors in mice, using only one-third the amount of conventional cisplatin needed to achieve the same effect. That could help reduce cisplatin’s potentially severe side effects, which include kidney damage and nerve damage.

 

via Delivering a potent cancer drug with nanoparticles can lessen side effects.

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One thought on “Delivering a potent cancer drug with nanoparticles can lessen side effects

  1. Hi there,

    I came across your site while doing a little digging around recent news about researchers in Canada looking at using nanotech to target cancer is specific parts of the body. In the case I found it was in the liver and the test species was a rabbit. Really quite a neat development that is happening in nanotechnology.
    http://www.torontosun.com/life/healthandfitness/2011/03/21/17703401.html

    I’ll make sure to add you to my Google Reader–cheers!

    – Kelly

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