An international research team including Australian Amanda Barnard have developed a diamond patch that can deliver targeted doses of chemotherapy to cancer patients.
''It's like a nicotine patch but it delivers chemotherapy,'' Dr Barnard, head of CSIRO's virtual nanoscience laboratory in Clayton, said. ''It will make treatment more tolerable.' 'It's much more gentle on the patient and it also means that we can control the release mechanism, so patients don't need repeated treatments."
Nanodiamonds are nothing new, but it is only recently that their potential use in cancer chemotherapy has been discovered. In mice trails, cancer drugs were very targeted and the animals needed 20 times lesser drugs, Dr Barnard said.