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Implantable device targets pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, in part because it is very difficult for chemotherapy drugs to reach the pancreas, which is located deep within the abdomen. To help overcome that obstacle, researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have now developed an implantable device to deliver chemotherapy drugs directly to pancreatic tumors.


Photo: Gloved hand holds a circular transparent piece of polymer

Researchers engineered a flexible polymer film that is made from a polymer called PLGA. The film can be rolled into a narrow tube and inserted through a catheter. Once the film reaches the pancreas, it unfolds and conforms to the shape of the tumor; ©Bryce Wickmark