A Battelle scientist in was granted with 148,880 to use to test 'radiogel' for killing cancer at the University of Washington. This generous award came from the Life Sciences Discovery Fund which mission is to advance the technology
Radogel has resulted from years of research by scientists for Battelle to develop a radioactive isotope that would be injected in the body and will stay in place. Due to the fact that the injection will stay in place it will deliver a high dose of cancer-killing radiation.
"The technology could be used for solid cancers that cannot be removed
surgically and require high doses of radiation for treatment to be
successful", said Darrell Fisher, a senior scientist at Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory, and the recipient of the grant for his research
The radiogel includes a polymer and microspheres of the medical
isotope yttrium 90 in a water-based solution. The polymer is in liquid
form when it's injected to the cancer site, but quickly turns into a gel
at body temperature and stays in place.
The polymer binds the microspheres in place as the yttrium 90
bombards the cancer with radiation, with little of the radiation
reaching nearby healthy tissue. It has applications for cancers of the
liver, brain, head and neck, kidney and pancreas, and is showing promise
for eye tumors.
The grant will allow clinicians at the UW Department of Radiology to
perform test injections on rabbits, using ultrasound to guide the needle
to liver tumors. The technology has been licensed to Advanced Medical
Isotope of Kennewick to produce and distribute, following an option
between Battelle and AMIC announced last year.
"We expect the radiogel to become a therapeutic agent that provides
physicians with the ability to effectively treat tumors that cannot be
removed surgically or that cannot be treated by any other means," said
Robert Schenter, chief scientific officer for AMIC.
Hopefully , radiogel will prove to be very successful! What do you think about this new radiation technology?