Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Nanotech Breast Cancer Treatment

PostedOctober 3, 2010

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Randy Atkins: The versatile nanoparticles contain chemicals that can both signal their location and attack cancer with light. Scott Brown, a University of Florida particle engineer, is coating them with glucose, a candy for cancerous growths.

Scott Brown: Cancer cells like to eat a lot more than normal cells so they’ll preferentially take up these particles.

Randy Atkins: Once filled up, cancer cells can easily be seen with imaging devices, and…

Scott Brown: …when we shine the light on the particles, they heat up and the heat will terminate the cells in which the particles are localized.

Randy Atkins: The technique might prevent surgery, but years of research is still needed. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.