Explainer: What is nanomedicine and how can it improve childhood cancer treatment?

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The Conversation has published an article about how Australian researchers are looking at how they can use nanomedicine to improve the side effects of cancer treatment for children.

What is nanomedicine? 

Nano means tiny – a nanometre is one-billionth of a metre! – and nanomedicine is the use of nanoparticles in medicine. This article talks about using nanoparticles to transport drugs to places they wouldn’t be able to go on their own.

How does that help with side effects? 

Nanoparticles can be designed to:

  • better target cancer cells, which means less damage to healthy cells
  • break down into harmless byproducts
  • transport drugs to cells while evading the immune system

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