Grant ID RP170752
Awarded On August 16, 2017
Title Radiation-Induced Release of Chemotherapeutic Agents in Vivo
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism High Impact/High Risk
Institution/Organization The University of Texas at Dallas
Principal Investigator/Program Director Jeremiah Gassensmith
Cancer Sites All Sites
Contracted Amount $200,000
Lay Summary

Cancers deep within the body are difficult to treat and once a cancer spreads from its original location, it becomes even harder to treat. Chemotherapy is used to address this issue because the body can distribute drugs nearly everywhere, meaning it can get treat cancers deep within the body. Unfortunately, chemotherapy also kills healthy cells, and when it is delivered like that, it is delivered throughout the body where it causes many of its well-known side effects, some of which can be life threatening. Recent work has focused on using light (usually a bright light bulb or a laser) to specifically release drugs right inside the tumor (called drug delivery), resulting in more chemotherapy ...

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