3D Printed Tumors Make Cancer Drug Testing More Accessible for Doctors

By: Alyson Wyers - Apr 29, 2014
References: drexel.edu & fastcodesign
We could finally cure cancer with these 3D printed tumors. Using a three dimensional printer, doctors can print live tumors, which could revolutionize the way health care professionals treat the often fatal disease. Currently, cancer is being treated using two dimensional petri dishes.

This technology comes from Dr. Wei Sun and his team at Drexel University in Philadelphia. According to Sun, there is an enormous difference between trying to treat something in two dimensions rather than three. This is the reason why new cancer drugs are so expensive to test. 3D printed tumors are bio-fabricated using a combination of cancerous and healthy materials, which will make testing easier.

Sun's technology also allows for more individualized treatment as 3D printed tumors are unique to the patient.