|Nanoparticles Enhance Combination Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy|
A mixture of current drugs and carbon nanoparticles shows potential to enhance treatment for head and neck cancers, especially when combined with radiation therapy, according to new research conducted by investigators at Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The therapy uses carbon nanoparticles to encapsulate chemotherapeutic drugs and sequester them until they are delivered to the cancer cells they are meant to kill.
The new strategy, developed by a team led by James Tour and Jeffrey Myers of Rice, is detailed in a paper published in the journal ACS Nano. This therapy combines paclitaxel and Cetuximab with hydrophilic carbon nanoparticles functionalized with a form of the biocompatible polymer polyethylene glycol that is known as PEG-HCC.
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