Cyberpunk 2077 is here. Wireless brain implant can destroy a tumor in 15 days
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Scientists believe that only 15 procedures of 15 minutes will be required to obtain the result.
A technique for using heat to treat tumors, called photothermal treatment, is already being used in medicine. However, previously it could only be used during surgery. But researchers from Stanford Medicine have created a special brain implant that can effectively fight aggressive forms of cancer, writes the Daily Mail.
In their study, the scientists focused on glioblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer that kills more than 100,000 people every year, and that's just in the US. Treatment for this type of cancer requires open-brain surgery and multiple courses of chemotherapy. But it seems that scientists have found a more effective treatment with fewer side effects.
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To do this, researchers have developed a special brain implant that uses infrared light to activate nanoparticles in a device that generates heat and destroys deadly tumors. Studies have shown that positive results can be obtained with daily 15-minute treatments for 15 days.
A group of scientists conducted relevant studies on mice. To do this, they were divided into two groups – the first had an implant, and the second did not. The scientists found that the mice experienced no discomfort when the nanoparticles were activated. In addition, observations have shown that nanoparticles affect only tumor tissues and do not endanger other tissues.
In total, mice implanted with implants were subjected to 15 procedures of 15 minutes. The results of the study show that the lifespan in this group was two or even three times the lifespan of mice that were not subjected to photothermal treatment. And for years, the treatment was combined with chemotherapy, the life expectancy of mice increased even more.
Note that the brain implant is equipped with star-shaped gold nanoparticles, and also has a small antenna that converts electrical signals into infrared light. It is he who attacks the tumor cells.
According to the author of the study, Hamed Arami, such treatment will significantly reduce the side effects in the treatment of aggressive types of cancer. And when combined with other treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, the effect of brain implant treatment will be even greater.
Glioblastoma patients live on average about two to three years, due to the inability to get rid of every cell tumors. And over time, the tumor may even become resistant to drugs and radiation therapy. Therefore, according to Arami, their new method of dealing with aggressive forms of cancer looks very promising. However, scientists have yet to test the brain implant in humans.