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3D printed absorber could reduce toxic side effects of chemotherapy

3D printed absorber could reduce toxic side effects of chemotherapy

Written by David

January 10, 2019

A joint team of researchers from American universities has developed a 3D printed device that is capable of absorbing excess chemotherapy drugs from a patient’s body. The novel device could make chemotherapy treatments more effective while reducing the negative side effects of the harsh drugs on cancer patients. Though an effective treatment for killing cancer cells, chemotherapy also takes a toll on the body’s healthy cells, causing a range of side effects, including hair loss and nausea. Doxorubicin, one of the drugs used in chemotherapy treatments, can even cause heart failure and other serious side effects if used in too high of a dosage. Wanting to find a solution to the downsides of chemotherapy, researchers Nitash Balsara, Steven Hetts, Joseph DeSimone and Hee Jeung Oh decided to explore the possibility of creating a device which could absorb and filter out Doxorubicin from the body in areas not affected by […]

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