A group at the University of Leicester have developed a new method of both diagnosing and treating prostate cancer early.
The technique uses ‘high-performance magnetic nanoparticles’ as probes that can be detected by MRI and can destroy the cancerous cells by hypothermia. This killing by hypothermia allows a much earlier killing of the canerous cells.
The nanoparticles are targeted to specific cell surface receptors making them highly specific to prostate cancer. If this were to be achieved this method could be applied to other aggressive types of cancer (i.e. breast and liver), which depend on early detection and intervention.
It is hoped if this technique is succesful it can reduce the need for having invasive surgery to remove the prostate. This technique would also make treating prostate cancer far cheaper for the UK healthcare system.
Source: Medical News Today