Cancer center reports success with radio frequencies

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The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas has announced success in killing cancer cells with a radio-frequency generator and procedure invented by a Washington County native.

An online article soon to be published in the journal Cancer states that 100 percent of the tumors spiked with single-walled carbon nanotubes died when exposed to a radio-frequency field generated by equipment developed by John Kanzius, a Washington, Pa., native who now lives in Erie and Sanibel, Fla.

Researchers used three human cancer cell lines incubated with various concentrations of nanotubes, then exposed them, along with cells not containing nanotubes, to the radio frequency field.

The authors from M.D. Anderson, along with Mr. Kanzius, his company, ThermMed LLC in Erie, and scientists from the University of Texas, Rice University and Bordeaux University in France, among others, said the next step is developing a targeting system so nanotubes enter only cancer cells.

In the past, Dr. Steven A. Curley, who is leading the research at M.D. Anderson, said the method could be used for most if not all cancers, as long as targeting agents can be developed for each type of cancer. He also said research will get underway to use the same technique to kill fungal, viral and bacterial infections.


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