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Purdue researchers develop a more effective method for delivering cancer drugs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 28th, 2018

A research team at Purdue University has developed a method to deliver cancer treatment more precisely while avoiding the painful side effects of chemotherapy.

The new method uses nanoparticles, a promising approach to carrying drugs needed for chemotherapy to target tumors. The Purdue researchers have found a way to prepare the nanoparticles so they locate cancerous cells and tumors by checking out the surrounding blood vessels.

“The traditional approach is similar to a delivery driver trying to drop off a package to a certain person without knowing their specific address,” says Yoon Yeo, head of the Purdue research team. “Our new approach provides directions to find the specific address to deliver the chemotherapeutic drugs.”

The researchers have tested their method on breast cancer and melanoma models and believe it will also be effective for many types of cancerous tumors.

“Chemotherapy can be almost unbearable for most patients,” says Yeo. “We want to change that.”

The Purdue Office of Commercialization has patented the technology, and the research team is currently seeking partners to help develop it for commercialization.

Source: EurekAlert!

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