The idea of using nanoscopic particles to detect and treat breast cancer is moving closer to fruition, according to researchers at Purdue University.
The scientists announced recently they had successfully developed a so-called lab on a chip, which provides a simulation of the breast’s system of mammary ducts. This could allow for further research into powerful new ways to combat breast cancer.
While the system is not yet ready for widespread adoption, the Purdue team warned, progress is steady, and the proof-of-concept has already been created.
Team leader Sophie Lelievre said in a statement that the device could be critical to future research..
“Although we are at the very beginning stages of this work, we are hopeful that this nanomedical approach will one day save lives and provide patients with an easier road to recovery. The successful creation of this model is an important milestone in this work and it is a testament to what can be accomplished through multidisciplinary research,” she said.
In the meantime, experts say it’s still a good idea for women at risk of breast cancer to get regular mammograms in the hopes of detecting any tumors early and keeping life insurance and health insurance costs low.