A University of South Carolina researcher’s approach to cancer treatment has won him the support of the American Cancer Society. It has awarded a research and training grant of $720,000 to Xiaoming He, a PhD from the USC Research Foundation.
William Phelps of the American Cancer Society will oversee the researcher’s work. He says the USC project has a unique approach as its ability to deliver the drug directly to the tumor cell via nanoparticles.
The particular innovation in this study is actually using particles that are temperature controlled. So they fall apart when you freeze them. So the cryotherapy is to subjecting the tumor tissue to very cold temperatures and when you do that the particles fall apart, they disassemble and release the drug. So wherever you apply the cold temperature you’re getting a local delivery of that local drug and again protecting the rest of the body from toxicity.
This allows doctors to increase the amount of drug to the tumor cell as well.
Phelps says this is a major, multi-year award to study this targeted treatment for breast cancer. Phelps says treatments and prevention are improving, with about 11-and-a-half million cancer survivors today in the U-S.
Phelps is a program director of the American Cancer Society. The Cancer Society awards highly competitive grants to researchers outside of their organization.
Xiaoming He of USC will work on the cancer treatment project for the American Cancer Society for the next four years. It’s called a “Young Investigator Award, ” which can lead to longterm support to continue his work to fight cancer.