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Promising treatment: Scientists Develop New Technology Based on Fighting Cancer with Light

Mon 20 Feb 2023 | 11:50 AM
Ahmed Moamar

Researchers in the field of developing cancer treatment at the University of East Anglia in Britain are close to a new discovery based on the use of light in combating cancer which is a disease that causes many deaths around the world annually.

The treatment is based on the technology of operating LED lights near the tumor, which would activate vital therapeutic drugs in a specific location, thus protecting healthy cells from the negative effects of these drugs.

Currently used cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, kill cancer cells, but they can also damage healthy cells and cause a number of side effects.

Amit Sachdeva, associate professor at the University of East Anglia's School of Chemistry, said: "Selective targeting of cancer cells is a major challenge in cancer treatment.

"The light-dependent activation of the antibodies at the tumor site will ensure that the drug is activated at the specific site, and thus will have fewer negative side effects," Sachdeva added.

He continued, "Cancer phototherapy technology may be used to treat solid tumors in the future, but not to treat non-localized cancers such as leukemia."