Tag: Oncology

New Way to Deliver Chemo Agent Helps Reach Brain Tumors

While there are fairly effective medications that can kill brain tumors, getting them to their targets is so challenging that they’re often next to useless for cancers of the brain. Japanese scientists from Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion, The University of Tokyo, and Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a shell for epirubi (Read more...)

Quantum Dots Light Up Tumors Brighter Than Ever Before

Scientists at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) in San Diego, California have devised a way to optically image tumors with unprecedented clarity using quantum dots. These nano structures are tiny particles, only a few nanometers wide, that generate light of a specific wavelength when they’re themselves stimulated by (Read more...)

Nanomachines to Drill Through Cell Membranes

An international team of scientists has developed tiny motorized molecules that can drill holes in cells membranes when stimulated by light. The nanomachines could be useful for drug delivery or directly killing cancer cells. The nanomotors are paddle-like chains of atoms, which spin up to 2–3 million times a second when supplied with energy (Read more...)

Technique to Produce Multi-Target Antibody Therapies

Researchers in The Netherlands and Switzerland have devised a new technique to reliably produce antibodies that can bind to two different target molecules at the same time, which could be very useful for cancer immunotherapy. Antibodies are Y-shaped protein structures that can recognize and bind to highly specific target molecules at the tip of eac (Read more...)

Ultrasound and Microbubbles for Targeted Chemotherapy Delivery

Researchers in Norway have developed a chemotherapy delivery system consisting of microbubbles containing drug-loaded nanoparticles. When the researchers apply ultrasound to the microbubbles in a tumor, the microbubbles burst, releasing the nanoparticles and the chemotherapeutic drug. Researchers worldwide are trying to develop new ways to increase (Read more...)