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article image'Nanobubble' technology announced for cancer patients

By Walter McDaniel     Jun 8, 2014 in Science
Studies at Rice University have tested a new method for treating cancer using what they call a "plasmonic nanobubble" in their literature. These allegedly can severely damage the cancer cells then release a payload of antibodies to kill the cancer.
The process works by creating some nano-particles with hollow interiors. These are loaded with antibodies and small amounts of chemo drugs as well. They are then inserted near the cancers and when they are close enough a laser pulse is sent into them. This creates a miniature bubble which explodes and releases the payload into the cell. The payload allegedly not only kills the cancer but also improves X-ray pictures of the cells.
Those involved are making some incredibly bold claims about what this process can actually do. The largest of these are that they only need to put in 2-6% of the normal chemo does which cuts down on side effects. They are also saying that the events are so small and specifically targeted that they spare nearby healthy cells. You can take a partial look at the study on this page. The process is also known as 'Quadrapeutics' by some.
Those involved say that the process is extremely safe due to the small scale it is enacted on. If this is true it would be a truly amazing breakthrough in science. However due to this only being started in 2013 it has not been fully peer-reviewed yet. If the reviews by other scientists turn out promising then Nanotechnology could truly be the cure for cancer. As always we should remain inquisitive but skeptical about such claims.
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