Magnetic Nanoparticles Raise Hope

High-performance magnetic nanoparticles act as probes that show up (using Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and kill (by hyperthermia) tumour cells at a much earlier stage than conventional methods.

The pioneering technology, developed at the University of Leicester, is focused on the development of a new type of magnetic nanoparticle in which the magnetic performance is increase by a factor of ten. Targeting these magnetic nanoparticles to unique cell surface receptors present on the prostate tumour cell surface will enable efficient and specific delivery to prostate cancer cells. The approach is general and it is envisaged that these systems could be applied to other types of aggressive cancers in which early diagnosis and treatment is essential for recovery.

Dr Wu Su, of the Department of Chemistry, said this technology requires a multidisciplinary approach: "Prostate cancer cure rates are predicated on early diagnosis and treatment. The technology that we are developing offers the potential of both the identification and treatment of prostate cancer in a highly selective manner."

Successful implementation of this technology would provide significant welfare benefits for patients and significant cost benefits for the health-care system.

COMPAMED.de; Source: University of Leicester