Using Nanoparticles to Reduce Drug Toxicity in Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Sometimes the treatment for a disease can be almost as dangerous as the ailment it seeks to cure. In the case of pancreatic cancer, one of the most effective drug regimens, FOLFIRINOX, contains a highly toxic drug called irinotecan. Huan Meng and Xiangsheng Liu are authors on a recent paper in ACS Nano on a way to use nanoparticles to help reduce the toxicity of the regimen. Their research describes the custom-designing of a mesoporous silica nanoparticle platform to deliver irinotecan directly to cancerous cells, instead of releasing it into the rest of the body.

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Want to learn more? Read their research in ACS Nano.