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Charity 'hopeful' of new prostate cancer treatment

An "exciting" new magnetic treatment that seeks out prostate cancer cells could provide fresh hope to those suffering with advanced prostate cancer.

The "innovative" study involved scientists at the University of Sheffield using magnetic nanoparticles to deliver cancer fighting white blood cells to the heart of prostate tumours

They claimed the magnetic element ensured treatment can be focused on the tumour itself while leaving healthy tissue unharmed.

Researchers are "hopeful" the study could be "particularly useful" in tackling the advanced form of prostate cancer, where cancer cells have migrated to other parts of the body, as well as the cancer contained within the prostate gland. 

Plans are now underway to continue this research in mice to see if the study's success can be replicated outside of apetri dish. 

Although in its early stages, this innovative new research has produced some particularly exciting foundations for the development of a new treatment to tackle the disease," said Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity.

"Through utilising new technology, the researchers have been able to design a new treatment which has the potential to deliver cancer killing cells to the very heart of a prostate tumour. 

"This study is particularly exciting, as it could lead to a new treatment for men living with an advanced form of the disease, where the cancer has spread to other parts of the body,  who have very few treatment choices open to them.

The Prostate Cancer Charity