Research suggests that a small medical device containing gold specks could enhance the effects of cancer medication and reduce some of the side effects. A recent study shows that the gold increased the effectiveness of drugs that were being used to treat patients with lung cancer. Experts also suggest that this discovery could be implemented in chemo-therapies and reduce some of the side effects that come with it, all the while, perfectly getting rid off the damaged tissues. Gold is known to contain various catalytic qualities and it is this property which is compelling the researchers to implement it into modern medical devices.
An experiment was conducted on a zebra fish where a chemical device encasing gold nano particles was implanted into the brain of a zebra fish. Surprisingly though, the reactions taking place in that region seemed to accelerate by a great degree, and without any side effects. This goes on to say that it can also be used on living animals.
In another experiment, the gold nano particles were applied to a sample of lung cancer cells. This little feat seemed to increase the drugs effectiveness drastically.
Modern day medications come at the cost of health and longevity. In a world where the average number of cancer reports are on the rise, we were bound the accept the lesser evil, which were the side effects associated with cancer treating drugs, but not anymore. Dr. Asier Unciti-Broceta from the University of Edinburgh stated that they have discovered new properties of gold that were previously unknown. Properties which suggests applications, such as using it to release drugs withing tumors much more safely. He also added that the project is still in development and it will be sometime before it could be applied to humans. Nonetheless, it is a step in the right direction. A day where chemotherapy could be administered directly to the affected tissues without harming any neighboring organs may be close at hand.
According to Dr. Aine McCarthy, the senior science information officer at the Cancer Research Centre in UK, she states that aside from normal cancers, it could also be used to treat brain tumors and other hard-to-treat cancers, the next step involves the application on human subjects.