Cancer-detecting nanoparticles go to clinical trials | KOB 4

Cancer-detecting nanoparticles go to clinical trials

Colton Shone
May 03, 2018 06:24 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Scientists at Sandia National Labs have created a game-changing way to target cancer cells. It took over a decade to perfect a solution that sticks to those cells. They say it could be a way to help detect cancer earlier.


Dale Huber and his colleagues have been on a mission for 15years. The goal is to create iron-based nanoparticles the same size.

"The simplest way to think about it is it's rust and olive oil. So this is iron oxide and the coating on it is actually made from olive oil," Huber said.

When this is injected into the body, Huber said, the particles will stick to cancer cells through the use of a magnet. This will make it easier for doctors to see.

"Cancer affects lots of people and having this early detection can really change lives," he said. "It makes treatment easier also determining whether someone has metastasis or not is important because a lot of people we know are being treated with chemotherapy drugs that don't need it."

He said it's taken years to get the size of the nanoparticles to be the same size. They do that using a machine that heats the ingredients up to 650 degrees Fahrenheit.

"So we can maintain the temperature very precisely so we can control the reaction so that every reaction is exactly the same and all this is controlled through a custom design program that allows to have this control over the nanoparticle synthesis," Huber said.

These nanoparticles will be used in the first breast cancer clinical trials in the fall.


Colton Shone

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