A drug delivery solution can improve cancer management and treatment

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Source: The post is based on the article “A drug delivery solution can improve cancer management and treatment” published in PIB on 5th October 2022.

What is the News?

A novel site-specific drug delivery method using gold nanoparticles can improve the management and treatment of cancer.

What are the challenges associated with cancer therapy at present?

More than 200 different types of cancers are currently being treated through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Many of these cancers can be cured if detected early and treated effectively. However, the available treatments are time-taking, expensive, and trigger numerous other side effects and the actual health benefits of the therapy do not reach cancer patients effectively.

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How can the ‘gold nanoparticles’ solution developed, change cancer therapy?

Scientists have developed therapeutic agents with the help of nano-biotechnological approaches using a unique solution of ‘gold nanoparticles’. The research was extended toward lung cancer cells using functional silver nanoparticles and the selective anti-cancer effect originating from the surface chemistry of silver nanoparticles was also demonstrated.

This helps in a) Improving the site-specific drug delivery for cancer disease management and its effective treatment, b) Providing a deeper understanding of the mechanism of anti-cancer actions of the functional nanoparticles.

The study will open new opportunities for better cancer management and treatment, and pave a way for future nanomedicine even beyond cancer.

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