Nanoparticles can be used to directly treat cancer sites in the kidney 

Researchers have been trying to develop ways to directly place medicine in tumor cells with “nanoparticles.”  Now at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a tiny device has been developed to do just that.  This way the treatment becomes more direct, going directly in the area of the cancer cells.  Generally, cancer is treated with “chemotherapy” which affects cancer cells and normal cells in a body.  Using nanoparticles would help patients by not having so many side effects usually seen from chemotherapy.

During research, scientists noticed nanoparticles tended to build up in the kidney -- exactly where renal cell cancers start.  More testing and research with clinical trial is need to see if this will be a good way to treat renal cell carcinomas.

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Sloan Kettering, 2015

NCBI, 2015

American Cancer Society, 2014

OncoTherapy, 2015