Magnetic Hyperthermia-Mediated Cancer Therapy (MHCT)

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  • August 24, 2020
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Magnetic Hyperthermia-Mediated Cancer Therapy (MHCT)

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-III – Science and Technology

In News:

  • 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.

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