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New Cancer Therapy Using Nanoparticles May Replace Chemo, Radiation
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 15 April 2008 11:21

New treatment is nearing trials, may be in practice within a few years
Jason Mick (Blog) - April 14, 2008 11:54 AM

 When it comes to cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation, harsh side effects ranging from mild, such as nausea, to severe, such as infertility or death often come with the territory.

Now a new therapy method is being tested which may replace these more caustic cures. The new treatment is known as Kanzius RF Therapy, named after Pennsylvania inventor John Kanzius, a retired radio and TV engineer. The method on a most basic level involves attaching nanoparticles to cancer cells and then blasting them with RF, effectively cooking the cancer cells.

In tests the new treatment has an amazing perfect record -- it killed 100 percent of cancerous cells, while leaving healthy cells untouched. It is being tested at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Steve Curley, the professor leading the testing in Houston states, "I don’t want to give people false hope, but this has the potential to treat a wide variety of cancers."

Chemotherapy and radiation's many harmful side effects are due to the fact that these methods kill healthy cells in addition to cancerous ones. The Kanzius RF Therapy not only does not kill healthy cells, but it is noninvasive. It uses either gold or carbon nanoparticles, which have a long history of medical use.

Gold nanoparticles have been a subject of much research since their invention in 1980. The particles can pass through cell membranes and move through the blood stream, allowing researchers to use them to target certain cellular structures. This behavior can also be useful for drug delivery. There are still some unresolved questions on the safety of nanoparticles, due to the relative lack of information on health effects of long-term exposure. [Dailytech...]  [Comments...]

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