An uneven “bed of nails” surface helps prevent cancerous cells from gathering the nutrients they need to flourish (Image: Webster Lab/Brown University)
Molecular structure of a repeating unit of polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a protein key to angiogenesis
Molecular structure of resveratrol, found in red wine
It's a sad reality of our time that breast cancer affects more women around the world than any other form of cancer. Even more disturbing is the fact that up to ten years after surgery, the cancer returns in nearly 20 percent of those deemed to have had successful tumor-removal operations. Now, researchers at Brown University (BU) in Providence, Rhode Island, led by engineering professor Thomas Webster, have developed an implant which they believe can appreciably lower that relapse rate by simultaneously inhibiting cancer cell growth and attracting healthy breast cells.
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