Leeds scientists are developing a potential way to load tiny ‘microbubbles’ with drugs, send them around the body and then remotely release anti-cancer drugs at exactly the right place. Currently, a patient receiving chemotherapy is given drugs to attack and kill cancer cells. But these drugs also spread around the patient’s entire body, causing damage to healthy cells and side-effects such as fatigue, hair loss and nausea.
Researchers believe their approach could lead to big changes in cancer treatment, reducing the amount of drug a patient would have to be given – and avoiding the worst of the side-effects. Donations from alumni over the coming months will help Leeds to accelerate this research. To support this work, visit campaign.leeds.ac.uk