Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Egypt’s National Research Centre, Egyptian researchers have announced that they have seen positive results using gold nanoparticles as a treatment for certain cancers.
According to Al-Watan newspaper, Professor Ahmed Abdoun claimed, on Tuesday, that using gold nanoparticles on animals proved to be effective in treating both breast and skin cancers. The treatment involves injecting a cancerous tumour with gold particles, and after 10 minutes, they are bombarded with a laser which, upon interaction, begins to kill the surrounding cancerous cells.
The use of Nano gold particles as a treatment for cancer has been studied by various cancer research centres around the world, and is showing a great deal of promise as an effective treatment that could replace the need for chemotherapy for certain types of cancer.
As it stands, the Egyptian research team announced their success after testing the method on 30 dogs, 9 cats, and 2 horses suffering from cancerous tumours. Those fully responding to the treatment ranged between 62-87% with positive improvements observed between 5 to 32 days. During the trial, 12% of animals did not respond to the treatment at all, but, according to the researchers, none of the subjects suffered from any side effects that could impact liver and kidney function.
Although it is an encouraging sign that new treatment research is being conducted in Egypt, 41 animal trials is far from a large enough sample to formulate conclusions that the treatment is successful.
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