Nanotechnology, a silver bullet

Greater efficacy, lesser toxicity make it a gamechanger in the war against the disease

Nanotechnology, a silver bullet

Dr PK Julka

The challenge faced by any cancer treatment is to kill tumour cells without causing too much harm to healthy cells. Currently, all cancer therapies are limited to surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. All three methods pose risk to normal tissues or are unsuccessful in eradicating the disease. Nanotechnology offers better means to deliver medicine directly and selectively to cancerous cells and neoplasms, guide in surgical resection of tumours, and enhance the therapeutic efficacy of radiation-based and other current treatment modalities. All of this has the potential to reduce risks and enhance the survival probability.

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