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Research video: Fighting cancer with slime chemistry and BNCT

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Published: April 7, 2020

Expectations are growing for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT), a new cancer treatment, with few side effects, that combines thermal neutron irradiation and drug delivery. In BNCT, drugs are used to introduce boron specifically into cancer cells. The cancer cells are then irradiated, killing them with thermal neutrons. By targeting cancer at the cellular level, the treatment limits effects on healthy tissue.

Professor Nobuhiro Nishiyama and Assistant Professor Takahiro Nomoto used slime chemistry to develop a new drug complex that enhances the therapeutic effect of BNCT. They presented their findings at a press briefing held on January 22 at Tokyo Tech. This 4-minute video provides an overview of their achievement.

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