Nanodiamonds are a Cancer Patient's Best Friend

 - Dec 18, 2009
References: gizmag & pubs.acs.org
Little nanodiamonds embedded in medical saran wrap could deliver time-release drugs right at the site of the problem.

Unlike conventional treatments for localized medical problems –like cancerous tumors– nanodiamonds embedded in microfilm can complement harsher cancer treatment methods, like the continuous injections of chemotherapy, without the awful side effects.

How does it work? Dean Ho from Northwestern University lead the research team. In the lab, millions of nanodiamonds were coated with a drug and embedded in between layers of extremely thin parylene. The top layer is porous to allow the drugs to slowly seep out. After a tumor removal, doctors could implant the device on the affected area to treat any remaining cancerous cells.

Cancer cells be gone!