Health Watch - Cancer Advances: Cooking Cancer
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The treatment involves molecules called monoclonal antibodies, which bind themselves to structures on cancer cells. Researchers coated tiny carbon tubes with these antibodies. The carbon tubes heat up when they’re exposed to near-infrared light — the kind of light used by television remote controls to connect to the TV. The antibodies bind the tubes to cancer cells, and when they’re exposed to near-infrared light, the tubes heat up and cook the cells. Dr. Ellen Vitetta, a UT Southwestern cancer immunobiologist, says normal tissues don’t absorb much near-infrared light, so the treatment is specific to cancer cells.
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