New form of chemotherapy could see fewer unwanted side effects
Researchers have discovered a way they believe the treatment more targeted.
A new way of treating cancerous tumours could see fewer side effects from chemotherapy.
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have come up with a treatment which would see doctors place metal implants at the cancer site.
The chemical composition of the chemotherapy drugs would be changed so they only become active when they come into contact with the metal implant.
This means the drugs, which currently kill healthy cells as they travel through the blood stream, would cause fewer side effects. Patients could avoid unwanted side effects such as hair loss, nausea and tiredness.
The treatment will be tested on animals before it can be studies in patients.
Dr Asier Unciti-Broceta said: "It will be several years before we’re able to start treating patients but we’re hopeful that this approach will lead to better tolerated cancer therapies in the future."
Dr Sarah Hazell, from Cancer Research UK, said: "This is an interesting approach to potentially making drug treatments for cancer patients much kinder – but these are early experiments in cells grown in the lab, so there’s still some way to go before that becomes a reality."
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