Scientists at the University of Nottingham have developed a unique spray treatment method for glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer. This innovative approach represents the first-ever quantum therapeutic method for cancer treatment, operating at a quantum level within cells.
The treatment involves the use of bio-nanoantennas, gold nanoparticles coated with redox-active molecules. These bio-nanoantennas are sprayed at tumor sites and, when an electric field is applied, they trigger a quantum electron transfer in cancer cells’ proteins. This alteration in the protein’s redox state signals cancer cells to activate programmed cell death, effectively killing the cancer cells without harming normal brain cells.
Glioblastoma is highly aggressive, with a low survival rate due to its invasive nature. Complete removal during surgery is nearly impossible, and even aggressive treatments often result in tumor recurrence. This new treatment offers hope by specifically targeting cancer cells and utilizing quantum effects to induce cell death.
The researchers suggest that this approach represents a fusion of medicine and quantum bioelectronics, harnessing quantum mechanical phenomena within biology to combat cancer. While more research is needed, this pioneering method could potentially usher in a new era of cancer treatment.