Medscape News reported that the research marks another step toward using ultrasound to combat cancer. According to the team, led by Thanh Nguyen, these drugs can penetrate the blood-brain barrier to reach these brain tumors. Nguyen serves as lead author of the study and associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut.
The team used paclitaxel in its study, a drug that generally struggles to break through the blood-brain barrier. This blood vessel lining keeps molecules from passing from blood to brain, but can also prohibit chemotherapy from reaching cancer cells.
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