A researcher at the University of Texas at San Antonio has developed what could be a breakthrough in fighting hard-to-treat cancer and cancer in children.
Dr. Matthew Gdovin and his team found a way to get a wide range cancer cells to kill themselves using a combination of a chemical compound and light.
His method involves injecting the tumor with a chemical called nitrobenzaldehyde, allowing it to diffuse in the tumor, then aiming ultraviolet light flashes at it. The chemical’s reaction to light is to make the cells so acidic they kill themselves.
In his experiments on mice, up to 95 percent of the cancer cells died within two hours.