Breast Cancer

Anesthetize nerve cells to shrink breast tumors? [Video]

Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed an innovative treatment for breast cancer, based on analgesic nanoparticles that target the nervous system.

The researchers found that cancer cells stimulate infiltration of nerve cells into the tumor, and these cells then help the cancer cells proliferate, grow and migrate.

Based on these findings, they tried targeting the tumor through the nerve cells.

Nanoparticles containing an anesthetic are injected into the bloodstream. Once they reach the tumor, they accumulate around its nerve cells and paralyze the local nerves — and communication between the nerve cells and cancer cells.

When tested on cancer cell cultures and on lab mice, the method led to a significant inhibition of tumor development and of metastasis to the lungs, brain and bone marrow.

The study, published in Science Advances, was led by Prof. Avi Schroeder and chemical engineering PhD student Maya Kaduri.

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