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Purdue researchers look to make chemotherapy more bearable

When the cancer treatment is not properly delivered, it can cause unbearable pain for the patient, damage to healthy body tissue, and sometimes even death.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2018 5:44 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Research happening at Purdue could lead to a major breakthrough for cancer patients.

The technology is aimed at getting cancer treatment to the right part of the body more efficiently.

Yoon Yeo is the head researcher. She described the veins of the body as roads and the chemotherapy treatment as a package. The delivery man may not know the way to get the package to the correct location on the body.

So this new injectable medicine provides a road map, making it easier for the medicine to be delivered to the correct place.

When the cancer treatment is not properly delivered, it can cause unbearable pain for the patient, damage to healthy body tissue, and sometimes even death.

"We wanted to make sure that just enough amount of chemotherapy goes to the target tissues so that we don't damage the other normal tissues,” said Yeo.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year, about 650,000 cancer patients receive chemotherapy in an outpatient oncology clinic in the United States.

She said this will hopefully make chemotherapy more bearable. She has a team of 12 students who are helping her in the lab.

“I am a Purdue graduate,” she said. “I take pride in having students from Purdue working on the same project, with the same passion to benefit a lot of people."

They are still in the early stages of developing the medicine, but are looking for partners to help continue their research on this new technology.

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