An international team of researchers led by Queensland University in Australia claim to have developed a cancer drug that avoids the unpleasant effects of chemotherapy like hair loss.
Traditionally cancer has been treated by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. The latter two cause side effects like hair loss. In this new discovery, the researchers say that using coatings rich in fats can lead to gene-silencing and inactivate specific genes involved in hair loss.
"The traditional ways of packaging these drugs into suitable carriers are often complex and labour-intensive. The resulting products are also unstable at room temperature which is obviously not ideal for their clinical use," said lead researcher Sherry Wu. "In order to deliver these gene-silencing drugs safely and efficiently into tumor tissues in the body, we have to package them in lipid-rich carriers."
The researchers used this method in mouse models and reported a 70% reduction in the size of cervical tumors.