Magnetic Hyperthermia-Mediated Cancer Therapy (MHCT)
Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-III – Science and Technology
- Efforts are being made to make magnetic hyperthermia-mediated cancer therapy as desired therapy for inoperable tumours.
Important value additions
Magnetic hyperthermia-mediated cancer therapy (MHCT)
- It is a non-invasive cancer treatment.
- The technique: Delivery and localisation of magnetic materials within the targeted tumour site followed by subsequent application of an alternating magnetic field (AMF), thereby generating heat at the tumour site.
- It can efficiently act against deep-seated inaccessible solid tumours like glioblastoma (aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord)
- It is highly thermo-sensitive towards normal cells with minimal toxicity against healthy counterparts.
- Scientists are on the lookout for new materials which can make this treatment more efficient.