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Hydrogel releases cancer drugs in response to temperature and acidity

A newly developed hydrogel could target cancer cells by responding to changes in temperature and pH levels to release cancer-killing drugs

Loading anti-cancer medicines into drug delivery vessels that can carry them to the site of the tumor before releasing them could offer new highly effective forms of treatment, and scientists in Japan have developed a promising new technology for these purposes. The team’s versatile new hydrogel can be packed with cancer-fighting drugs and then release them in response to temperature and pH changes in the tumor microenvironment, as a tool for taking out lingering cancer cells following surgical removal.

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