CANCER could be one step closer to having a cure after scientists discovered a new way to kill cancerous cells.
Cancer kills around 450 people a day in the UK, and there are around 2.5 million living with the deadly condition.
While there is not yet a cure, scientists may be a step closer after developing ‘intelligent’ nanoparticles which can heat up to a temperature high enough to kill cancerous cells.
In a study by the University of Surrey, researchers created the nanoparticles to self-regulate so they could lose their heat before they got hot enough to harm healthy tissue.
Researchers believe they could soon be used to treat patients with cancer.
“This could potentially be a game changer in the way we treat people who have cancer,” said Professor Ravi Silva, Head of the Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey.
“If we can keep cancer treatment sat at a temperature level high enough to kill the cancer, while low enough to stop harming healthy tissue, it will prevent some of the serious side effects of vital treatment.
“It’s a very exciting development which, once again, shows that the University of Surrey research is at the forefront of nanotechnologies – whether in the field of energy materials or, in this case, healthcare.”
Thermotherapy - the use of heat for pain relief and health - has long been used to treat cancer, but it has proved difficult to use it without damaging healthy cells.