Washington: Researchers at the University of Missouri have found a way to create radioactive nanoparticles that target lymphoma tumor cells wherever they may be in the body.Cancers of all types become most deadly when they metastasize and spread tumors throughout the body. Once cancer has reached this stage, it becomes very difficult for doctors to locate and treat the numerous tumors that can develop.Michael Lewis, an associate professor of oncology in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, stated that being able to target secondary tumors is vital to successfully treating patients with progressive cancers."Depending on the type of cancer, primary tumors usually are not the cause of death for cancer patients. If a cancer metastasizes, or spreads creating hard-to-find tumors, it often becomes fatal. Having a way to identify and shrink these secondary tumors is of utmost importance when fighting to save people with these diseases," Lewis said.
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