Category Archives: Oncology

Focused Ultrasound and Microbubbles Push Drugs Across Blood-Brain Barrier

The blood-brain barrier is an important defense mechanism that prevents infections and contamination within the brain. It is also responsible for making it extremely difficult to get therapeutic drugs, including chemo agents, into the brain. Now researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed an innovative method for pushing drugs across the blood-brain barrier. … Continue reading

Microfluidic Device to Study How Pancreatic Cancer Develops Clots

Using lab animals in medical science is not only an ethical issue, but the research findings often don’t match up to what happens in humans. Simulating various natural processes within microfluidic devices often a provides a more reliable, and easier to work with, laboratory technique over live animals. Researchers at Purdue University have built a microfluidic … Continue reading

Injectable Hydrogel Responds to Tumors to Release Chemo and Immunotherapies

Scientists at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University have developed an injectable polymer hydrogel that breaks down in response to reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced by tumor cells. During its controlled degradation, the hydrogel releases a chemotherapeutic drug and an immunotherapy to kill surrounding tumor cells. Cancer immunotherapies have shown significant … Continue reading