Patients diagnosed with cancer are often presented with a limited number of treatment options: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or some combination of the three. While these options may be adequate for some, in many cases, none are ideal. Often, tumors are located in areas that are not surgically accessible. Chemotherapy and radiation are often non-specific treatments that kill normal cells as well as cancer cells and cause significant side effects. The limited treatment options for cancer has sparked significant research into new ways to eliminate cancer cells with minimal damage to surrounding normal tissue.
One such technology which we are working on is noninvasive radiofrequency ablation. Supported by the Kanzius Foundation, and in collaboration with Dr. Steven Curley at the Baylor College of Medicine, we are developing nanoparticles that heat when placed in an external radiofrequency field. By developing particles that target cancer cells, the goal is to heat and kill cancerous tissue while causing no harm to surrounding normal tissue.