Researchers have a developed an ethanol solution that can be injected directly into tumors, offering a safe and affordable way to treat cancer.
Ethanol ablation is a known form of cancer therapy, but is currently limited in its uses because the ethanol can damage surrounding tissue. In order to make the treatment more available, the team from Duke University mixed the ethanol with ethyl cellulose, which turns into a gel when injected into a tumor. This gel form keeps the ethanol in place, and has the added bonus of requiring only one injection.
In tests on animals, all tumors were completely gone eight days after the initial injection.
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