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September 18th, 2010

Engineers on frontlines of fight against cancer

Abstract:
University of Alberta engineer Jie Chen is using nanotechnology to make cancer treatments more effective, with less damage to healthy tissue in the body. If Chen's research leads where he hopes it will, however, it may help ease suffering related to treatments considerably, and the solution is coming from technology that can't even be seen without a highly specialized microscope.

Chen and his team are using glucose-capped gold nanoparticles to target cancer cells and destroy them.

He says while traditional radiation is like dropping a barrage of bombs in the hope that one will hit the target, this method of attacking cancer cells is akin to a GPS-guided missile with a very specific target.

"Nanotechnology makes early diagnosis possible and will increase the accuracy of the treatment, giving cancer less chance to metastasize," says Chen. "Patients will even be able to receive treatment on-site, which could make treatment significantly simpler and more accessible."

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