Prostate cancer treatment breakthrough

Scientists at the University of Leicester have discovered a new cancer treatment that could give prostate cancer sufferers renewed hope.

Dr Wu Su from the chemistry department at the University of Leicester was part of a team that found that innovative nanotechnology could play a role in prostate cancer treatment and diagnosis.

It is hoped that killing cancer tumours with heat will prove an effective treatment and could even be used to treat other aggressive cancers.

Dr Su has received a grant worth £321,000 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to fund the research.

The expert commented: "Prostate cancer cure rates are predicated on early diagnosis and treatment. The technology that we are developing offers the potential of both the identification and treatment of prostate cancer in a highly selective manner."

The EPSRC is a government agency set up to fund research and training in the field of engineering and the physical sciences.

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