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Novel approach brings hope in targeting cancer cells: Study

IANS  |  Sydney 

Researchers could provide a novel approach to targeting and destroying difficult-to-treat cells, providing new therapeutic options for a broad range of cancers, finds a new study.

Early detection of is crucial for successful therapy. However, some types do not have surface markers that can be used to detect them and even the type can exhibit different properties in different patients.

The latest finding, which was discovered while studying activated platelets in the setting of heart disease, may now prove useful for delivering targeted treatment to cancer cells without major side effects.

Platelets are small blood cells that promote blood clotting and prevent us from bleeding when we are injured.

Platelets and more specifically, "activated platelets", accumulate in the area surrounding a wide range of types.

Based on this observation, a team at the Baker Heart and in Australia has now developed a new and platelet-targeting agent for the early detection and treatment of

In addition, this approach provides the means to deliver high concentrations of specifically to cells whilst minimising side effects and preventing growth, said the study published in the journal Theranostics.

"We have shown that we can image 'activated platelets' to detect with clinically available technologies such as and PET/CT," said Karlheinz Peter,



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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 13:02 IST