Elizabeth, I agree. Sorry to hear about your mom: my mom only got it once, late in life, and it was very minor, I'm glad to say. Radiation therapy is much more targeted now, but still harmful to the body. This would improve that hugely.
Yes, Ann, I think this would be a really great application for radiation therapy especially, which can be so dangerous for patients--or at least historically has been so. I'm sure it's a lot different now, but my mother had cancer twice, once when I was 11 and then again when I was in my early 30s, cancer that ultimately took her life. Doctors thought the cancer returned to a similar spot because of the radiation therapy she had years ago. I'm not sure if that's true, but targeting potentially dangerous therapies so they don't harm healthy parts of the body is something I am really in support of.
The field of nano-technology is growing very fast. And a cure for such thing would be of great help to many people who have been suffering if this could lead to a success. And that too being focussed only only the affected area would be great
Could this be the beginning of Borg nano-probes? All joking aside, I agree that researchers should push the limits on developing this technology. Even though it will not eradicate everything, at least it gives people a fighting chance they would otherwise never get. Great piece Elizabeth!
Elizabeth, I agree. Radiation therapy has been much better targeted than it was just a decade or so ago. One hopes that the chemotherapy versions can be likewise better utilized with innovations such as this one.
Sure thing, Ann. I really enjoy writing about technology that can make a difference. In terms of cancer, the people I know who've had the best experience fighting it are those who went the natural path and changed health and diet habits rather than underwent rounds and rounds of chemo or other treatment. I do think of course that these medications are worthwhile and necessary to fight disease, but targeting would make them so much more effective and prevent them from harming people with already compromised immune systems.
As I said in my previous comment to TJ, Greg, I could not agree with you more. I lost my mom to cancer and watched the medication she was taking make her worse in her weakened state than better, causing the last few weeks of her life to be very difficult when she might have been more comfortable. I really hope this technology progresses and makes it out of the lab and can be successful for patients.
I agree with you, TJ, this work is so exciting and relevant and has the ability to actually extend lives and help people fight diseases that are real heartbreakers. It's wonderful to see researchers targeting their work in this way.
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