A Cure for Cancer: Radiowaves + Nanoparticles = Way Cool

April 27, 2008

I don’t know if there’s anything to this story, but if there is, this could be big.

John Kanzius figured out a way to combine nanoparticles and radiowaves in the fight to end cancer. Basically, radio waves that hit metal cause the metal to become excited (think of how MRI’s work), which causes it to heat up. Organic material will not become excited by the radiowaves. So, if you selectively inject metal into the cancer areas, you can toast the cancer, leaving the healthy surroundings intact.

The real interesting part (okay, so, all of this so far has been pretty interesting) comes in with the nanoparticles. A lot of cancers can metastasize and spread throughout the whole body, leaving the ‘inject metal here’ option off the table. But if you coat gold nanoparticles with an antibody that would attach to the cancer cells specifically, you could inject a person with these particles and then let the radiowaves do their magic.

Again, I’m no expert, but this idea really sounds like it could work. Noninvasive, non-lethal treatment to cancer would be a major breakthrough.

Keep this guy in your sights. I see a Nobel coming in the future!

Disclaimer: Or maybe not…

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2 Responses to “A Cure for Cancer: Radiowaves + Nanoparticles = Way Cool”

  1. Kenny said

    It’s always the simplest ideas that go the furthest. I always feel that the more complicated something is, the more likely it is to fail.

    Don’t worry though, as soon as the doctors get their hands on this idea, they’ll fuck it all up

  2. dave in the west said

    lol… I like Kenny’s faith. Cool idea. Then again… if we had antibodies for cancer cells, wouldn’t the body just be able to kill the cells, lol?

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