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Targeted Drug Transportation to Tumors

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The research I was developing during this summer REU program was about assembling a new cancer treatment that diminishes the damage that contemporary cancer treatments inflict on our bodies. We are focusing on Triple Negative Breast Cancer because this form of cancer has limited options for treatment. The suggested new treatment that I am currently working on is based on utilization of particles called a micelles and it is composed of a magnetic nanoparticle core coated with a shell made out of a copolymer called PEG-PLGA. The image that goes with this post is a model of the micelle; where the blue is PLGA, the green is PEG, the orange is a target system, and the black is the nanoparticle.

Tumor-Targeted Magnetic Nanoparticles for Thermo-Controlled Drug Delivery

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Triple Negative Breast Cancer or TNBC is a disease that affects 15% women all over the world. The current treatments for this and all cancers in general are chemotherapy and radiotherapy both of which are as harmful as they are helpful to the cells in the human body. However, the field of nanotechnology with applications in medicine is becoming a vital point in modern research. A regular cell is in the microscale in size which signifies that a nanoparticle (1,000 micrometers smaller) can easily find a way inside a cell and release the drug it carries.

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