London: Cancer patients can be treated more effectively in future with tiny sensory implants that will monitor and treat tumours with great precision, a team of scientists says. The devices, about the size of an eyelash, will be planted into a patient`s tumours and will allow doctors to conduct radiotherapy, and ultimately chemotherapy, where and when it is most needed, improving the patient`s chances of recovery. A team led by the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University, will develop the miniature chips in a five-year project, which will be followed by clinical trials. Eventually, the team hopes to develop chips that are capable of delivering doses of chemotherapy directly to a tumour. The 5.2 million pound-project, Implantable Microsystems for Personalised Anti-Cancer Therapy (IMPACT), is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
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