Nanoparticles Loaded with Drugs Can Be a New Way to Kill Brain Tumors

A team of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed a type of nanoparticle that can be loaded with drugs and move across the patient’s body to the brain tissue and kill brain tumors.kill brain tumors

At the present moment, the experiments were made using mouse model but in case of success, the research could provide an effective treatment for tumors that generally claim a patient’s life within only 15 months after diagnosis.

Lead author Fred Lam from MIT’s Koch Institute says: “Our goal was to have something that could be easily translatable, by using simple, already approved synthetic components in the liposome.  This was really a proof-of-concept study [showing] that we can deliver novel combination therapies using a targeted nanoparticle system across the blood-brain barrier.”

New Technique Helps Doctors Remove Brain Cancer More Accurate and Rapidly

Brain cancer is the most difficult cancer to remove, as it is like a cloud where a center could be defined, but the edges are hardly discernible. In other cancers, doctors just take some non-essential tissues around the tumor as well, but this is not the case with the brain. There are no non-essential tissues.new technology to treat brain cancer

That’s why a new technology, called SRS microscopy, is so extremely helpful to surgeons to define the tumor size. The technique has been already tried on about 360 patients at the University of Michigan Medical School and Harvard University.

Dr. Daniel Orringer, one of the researchers, says: “It makes a huge difference, the process currently in place dates back to the 1800s, and we have something disruptive, in a good way, and the implications are pretty profound.”