Killing Tumors with Only a Few Injections? Developing a Tumor-Fighting Material

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Why This Project Is Important 

Cancerous tumor control—and elimination—would have obvious paramount impacts on healthcare. By developing a material designed to destroy a tumor from within the body, patients are at a much lower risk for negative side effects of treatment. This type of treatment is especially important for older populations, those with weakened immune systems, and those who cannot tolerate invasive surgeries.

Project Description 

Our research aims to develop a single liquid material that can be injected directly into a tumor, which will:

  • expand and harden around the tumor to choke off its access to the body’s nutrient supply;
  • kill the tumor;
  • deliver cancer-fighting medication to the affected area; and
  • biodegrade over the course of one to three years, leaving only healthy tissue where the material once was.

Our final material will not only kill off tumor cells, but will promote the growth of new, healthy cells by design. The final formulation will consist of three parts: two different biocompatible, biodegradable polymers (such as starches, gelatins, or collagens) and additives (such as therapeutic drugs or pain killers). By mixing two different polymers, our tumor-killing material will be broken down by the body at two different rates. Since the body’s natural tissue-replacement process can take some time, the longer-lasting polymer will serve as a scaffolding material for new, healthy cells to grow on—further increasing the chances of a full recovery. Now, our team needs to test our material on different types of cancerous tissues to see which can be targeted and treated effectively by this new material, and identify which additives to the material prove most useful.

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Gerard Caneba

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ANIL VORA  September 2, 2014 - 9:28pm
Dear Gerard Re: Killing Tumors with Only a Few Injections? Developing a Tumor-Fighting Material - See more at: Please send further information GIobal Inventions Ltd is an international marketing organisation delivering a professional and efficient service to retail buyers in 38 countries. Further, we work with a few universities where we transfer laboratory ideas to the marketplace. Link We prefer you reply at Best wishes Priscilla Smith(based in HK + we are an ex-UK company)

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