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UCSF, UC Berkeley and 3D Printer Carbon, Inc. Team Up to Create a Drug Sponge to Absorb Excess Chemotherapy Medication

UCSF, UC Berkeley and 3D Printer Carbon, Inc. Team Up to Create a Drug Sponge to Absorb Excess Chemotherapy Medication

Written by David

March 12, 2019

We know that many anticancer drugs are poisonous, leaving doctors with the careful task of administering enough chemotherapy to stop the growth of cancer cells while minimizing any damage to a patient’s other organs. Steven Hetts, MD is the chief of Interventional Neuroradiology at UCSF Mission Bay Hospitals. There, he provides cutting-edge, minimally invasive endovascular therapy for children and adults with stroke, cerebrovascular disease and tumors, including retinoblastoma. In treating these tumors of the eye and brain, he threads catheters through the bloodstream to deliver chemotherapy directly to the tumor, delivering the maximum dosage to the tumor and the least amount possible to the rest of the body. However, the injected dose can still escape the target organ go into the body. As a result, a few years ago, Dr. Hetts began thinking about the idea of a Chemofilter , a way to remove excess chemotherapy from the blood […]

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