Jan 07, 2014 - 3:53 pm
Sounds kind of silly, but this recent research has shown a lot of promise. Scientists attached a cancer-killing protein to nanoparticles and released them into the bloodstream of mice, as well as into human blood. In both cases, the "sticky balls" caused the cancer cells that were floating around to completely disintegrate in a few hours. And there was seemingly no damage done to the immune system in the process.
As most deaths from cancer are related to metastasis, this is a big deal. Still lots more to be done to determine if this is feasible in actual patients, but I think this is some really hopeful stuff. The use of nanoparticles is a whole new direction for cancer research, and wouldn't it be awesome to have a new way to fight our cancer that didn't have all the awful side effects of traditional treatment?