Innovative light therapy reaches deep tumors

March 9, 2015

Light long has been used to treat cancer. But phototherapy is only effective where light easily can reach, limiting its use to cancers of the skin and in areas accessible with an endoscope, such as the gastrointestinal tract.

Using a mouse model of cancer, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have devised a way to apply -based therapy to deep tissues never before accessible. Instead of shining an outside light, they delivered light directly to tumor cells, along with a photosensitive source of  that can be activated by the light to destroy cancer. And they accomplished this using materials already approved for use in cancer patients.

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