Cancer is one of the most common diseases in the world. Cancer cells divide abnormally and grow uncontrollably, resulting in the formation of malignant tumors, and invading human body. Cancer causes about 13 percent of the all human deaths worldwide (WHO 2007).
Chemotherapy is a popular medical treatments for the cancer, however, it often attacks normal cells in addition to the cancer cells, damaging normal tissue and organs, which cause severe side effects. According to the American cancer society, these side effects include pain, vomiting, limphedemia, sexual decline and various symptoms, which seriously decrease quality of life.
To improve cancer-specificity, drug delivery system (DDS) has developed, but it is difficult to optimize a delivery system for each drug.
Team Todai nanORFEVRE are trying to make cancer-specific drug which doesn’t need delivery system (DDS).