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UI releases study with cancer treatment breakthrough

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy researchers is developing better treatment methods for an aggressive form of endometrial cancer.

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy researchers is developing better treatment methods for an aggressive form of endometrial cancer.

Roughly 6,000 women are diagnosed with type II endometrial cancer every year in the United States, and in Iowa, rates are higher than the national average according to the CDC.

The new research combines tumor-targeting nanoparticles carrying a cancer-fighting drug and chemotherapy. This method aims to target the cancer cells in the body while leaving organs unharmed. This also increases the efficiency of the drug.

The more targeted approach could mean shorter chemotherapy treatments and a better likelihood of killing cancer cells directly.

UI Pharmacy science graduate student and lead researcher, Kareem Ebeid, says there's always more work and research to do, and the team hopes to have these new treatments in clinics in the span of five years.

While this new treatment is specifically targeting a type II endometrial cancer, researchers hope it will be used to fight other cancers as well.

The study is published in the Journalnature Nanotechnology as of Monday, December 4th.



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