Science is finally fighting back against cancer, and it’s about damn time. Carbonated reported last Friday on a new antibody that will instruct the body to destroy cancerous cells. Today, a research team from the University of Minnesota reported positive news regarding gold nanoparticle-TNF-, an external device that when implemented into a host-body, can selectively sever the blood vessels in and around cancerous tumors. By cutting these select blood vessels, gold nanoparticle-TNF- cuts off blood flow to the tumor, thus damaging, and possibly killing the cancer.
This nanoparticle technology has been available for several years, but it is only now that science has formulated a nanoparticle able to attack the cancerous tumor, and also able to keep surrounding cells relatively undamaged. In the past, nanoparticles have proven to be too toxic to surrounding cells to be viable as a way of fighting cancer. Gold Particle-TNF- if the first nanoparticle that can sever tumorous blood vessels without also critically damaging the surrounding tissue.
In lab-rat testing, gold nanoparticle-TNF- began to destroy blood vessels within ninety minutes. The research team was able to see the nanoparticle attack the cancerous cells in real time thanks to new MRI tech that the team developed to aid in its research.
The test-subject rats received treatments of chemotherapy and cryosurgery soon after their exposure to gold nanoparticle-TNF-. Those treatments showed further degeneration of the tumorous cells. Most importantly, all rats survived the multiple procedures. Again, science already knows that nanoparticles are effective at killing cancer. The hope for gold nanoparticle-TNF- isn’t that it works, but that it’s safe. The rat’s universal survival is great news regarding the further pursuit of this research.
Gold nanoparticle-TNF- is not a magic cure for cancer, but it may soon by another powerful feature of the cancer-fighting cocktail modern medicine has produced. In reality, cancer will likely not be “cured” after one brilliant discovery. Instead, small battles like this one will continue to be fought until cancer treatment is nearly perfect.