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Unveiling more effective cancer treatment:

eHealth BureauIn a major breakthrough in cancer treatment, researchers in Australia are working on a new technique towards curing the disease avoiding much inevitable effects of conventional treatment such as hair loss, vomiting, and irritated mucous membrane.According to researchers, the ‘Smart-Bomb’ will relieve cancer sufferers of their trauma sans the adverse effects that are part and parcel of the traditional chemotherapy treatment presently practiced.Associate Professor Wei Duan at the Deakin University, who heads the project in collaboration with scientists in India stated, “The aim of our research is to develop a smart bomb that can penetrate the cell and release the drugs within the cells, rather than from the outside, and kills the whole tumour, root and all.”According to the scientists, the mechanism is aimed at killing the root of the cells that play a vital role in generating the lethal cells in body. The process involves a molecular drug delivery system which will pick out the active cells of the cancer before they can develop into a full blown lethal disease.Researchers are designing a chemical antibody that will bind the cancer cells, which together with the technique known as ‘RNA interference’, or gene silencing, will penetrate and destroys mutated cells that cause the occurrence and reoccurrence of cancer.Dr Duan stated, “Our precision-guided cancer therapy will afford reduced side-effects, decreased toxicity to normal cells. We will probably still be using existing drugs but the way we use them will be much more specific. The researchers are optimistic that the clinical trials of the treatment will soon be on the way.

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