New Promising Treatment for Prostate Cancer Based on Low-Temperature Plasmas

New Promising Treatment for Prostate Cancer Based on Low-Temperature Plasmas
shutterstock_245955493Researchers at the University of York, the University of Hull and the Castle Hill Hospital in the United Kingdom recently discovered a potential new therapeutic strategy for prostate cancer using low-temperature plasmas (LTPs). The study was published in the British Journal of Cancer and is entitled “Low-temperature plasma treatment induces DNA damage leading to necrotic cell death in primary prostate epithelial cells.” Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, with almost one million new cases diagnosed every year worldwide. In the United States, it is estimated that 220,800 new cases will be diagnosed in 2015. “Despite continual improvement and refinement, long term treatment for prostate cancer is still recognized as inadequate. In the case of early stage organ confined tumors, patients may be treated with a focal therapy, for example cryotherapy, photodynamic therapy, or radiotherapy,” explained the study’s first author Adam Hirst in a news release. Radiothe
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