Cancer cells being targeted directly by immune cells reprogrammed by nanoparticles

08/16/2013 - 00:00

Researchers at the University of Georgia are developing a new treatment technique that uses nanoparticles to reprogram immune cells so they are able to recognize and attack cancer.

However, most cancerous cells are able to avoid detection by the immune system because they so closely resemble normal cells. That leaves the cancerous cells free to multiply and grow into life-threatening tumors while the body’s only protectors remain unaware.

“What we are working on is specifically geared toward breast cancer,” said Shanta Dhar, the study’s co-author and an assistant professor of chemistry in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.