Research in new methods for the treatment of cancer has reached an advanced stage by Nigerian scholars. The new method would be different from the present means of treatment of cancer and related diseases through chemotherapy.
The President of the African University of Science and Technology (AUST ), Abuja, Professor Wole Soboyejo, disclosed this yesterday at the opening ceremony of a five-day workshop on Nanomedicine and Bio-Micro-Electrical Systems (BIOMEMS) organised by the Federal University of Technology, Minna in collaboration with AUST.
According to him, the new method of treatment would be more effective than chemotherapy as the medicine is selective because when administered it will have direct effect on the region of the disease.
He explained that the present form of treatment was different because it must go through all the blood vessels before attacking the area of the disease.
He listed the advantages of the new treatment to include less or no side effects on human body unlike chemotherapy that has side effect and is less cost effective because patients need to take large number of dosages of the medicine before it could go round the body to have impact on the affected areas.
Soboyejo said the new method had started eight years ago and had proven to be effective after testing it on animals adding that it would soon be tested on human beings.
He however said that to administer the new treatment , it must be through injection while pointing out that the workshop was aimed at bringing young scholars and scientists on board for their contribution for the final outcome.