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Guiding cancer surgery with ‘glowing’ new nanotechnology and eradicating remaining malignant cells

Researchers at have developed a new way to selectively insert compounds into – a system that will help surgeons identify malignant tissues and then, in combination with phototherapy, kill any remaining after a tumor is removed.

dendrimer carries a drug into cancer cells
A new system developed at Oregon State University to improve uses a nanoparticle called a dendrimer to carry a drug into cancer cells, that can set the stage for improved surgery and also phototherapy.
Credit:(Graphic courtesy of Oregon State University)


This research was supported by the OSU College of Pharmacy, the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon and the PhRMA Foundation.

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