Cancer :: Fibrasorb – new device for cancer patients
A new device for cancer patients could end the side effects of chemotherapy such as hair loss and vomiting, researchers say.
The revolutionary new method uses an implant made of tiny fibres and beads soaked in chemotherapy drugs.
The device, which was developed at Bath University, dissolves internally, releasing the chemotherapy chemicals directly into the cancer site.
It is set to begin clinical trials in the next few years.
The usual way of delivering chemotherapy to patients is by injecting the drugs into a vein, meaning they are carried throughout the body, affecting all body parts.
The Bath University team claims the new method – known as Fibrasorb – could also cut the number of patients who die from the harmful side effects of chemotherapy because they need such high doses.