Tumors + sperm
Dec 15, The researchers first showed that just soaking sperm in a drug, in this case a cancer treatment called doxorubicin, will allow sperm to take that drug up and store it inside of themselves. And when those drug-loaded sperm were turned on a type of experimental tumor, they caused a nearly 90 percent.
Dec 15, By Alice Klein. There's a new use for sperm – delivering cancer drugs. Standard chemotherapy is toxic to both cancer cells and normal cells, leading to symptoms like nausea, and limiting the dose a person can receive. But if chemotherapy drugs specifically targeted tumours, we could avoid this.
Scientists use sperm to deliver chemo drugs to cervical cancer cells
Fitting sperm cells with a steering mechanism offers a new way to target treatments.
Description:Why breast cancer is more costly, deadly for black women Scientists in Germany have devised a way to treat cervical cancer that uses sperm cells to deliver chemotherapy. The promising new method could provide an alternative to standard chemo treatments as sperm cells are designed to swim through a female reproductive tract. Chemo drugs damage normal cells along with cancerous ones, leading to side effects such as extreme fatigue and nausea and limiting the dose a patient can receive. But if the medicine can be delivered directly to a tumor, it could ease side effects and eliminate the risk of healthy cells being destroyed. The research team at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research filled sperm cells with common chemo drug doxorubicin and placed them in a dish containing tiny cervical cancer tumors.