The design of the miniature oxygen generator (Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University)
The miniature device (right) that fits inside a tube (left) and can then be inserted into a tumor with a biopsy needle to generate oxygen and boost the effectiveness of cancer treatments (Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University)
Some cancers, such as pancreatic and cervical cancers, are notoriously hypoxic, which means they contain low oxygen levels. Because radiation therapy needs oxygen to be effective, hypoxic areas of a tumor can be difficult to kill. To combat this, researchers at Purdue University have developed and tested a miniature electronic device that is designed to be implanted into solid tumors to generate oxygen and boost the effectiveness of radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
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