K-State Research Team Using Nanoparticles to Battle Cancer
Tuesday June 29, 2010
K-STATE RESEARCH TEAM USING NANOSCALE PARTICLES TO BATTLE CANCER
Forget surgery. One team of Kansas State University researchers is exploring nanoparticle-induced hyperthermia in the battle against cancer.
Since 2007 the team of Deryl Troyer, professor of anatomy and physiology; Viktor Chikan, assistant professor of chemistry; Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry; Olga Koper, adjunct professor of chemistry at K-State and vice president of technology and chief technology officer for NanoScale Corporation; and Franklin Kroh, senior scientist at NanoScale Corporation, has been using iron-iron oxide nanoparticles to overheat or bore holes through cancerous tissue to kill it. The nanoparticles are coupled with a diagnostic dye. When the dye is released from the nanoparticle’s electronic sphere, it coats other cancerous tissues within the body, making cancer masses easier for medical professionals to detect.