Chemists have designed nanoparticles that can deliver three cancer drugs at a time. Such particles could be designed to carry even more drugs, allowing researchers to develop new treatment regimens that could better kill cancer cells while avoiding the side effects of traditional chemotherapy. “We think it’s the first example of a nanoparticle that carries a precise ratio of three drugs and can release those drugs in response to three distinct triggering mechanisms,” says the lead researcher and author.
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Targeting cancer with a triple threat: New nanoparticles can deliver three drugs at once.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 April 2014.