Researchers from MIT have been working towards a better way to deliver critical medications to patients diagnosed with lung cancers like malignant mesothelioma, and according to a newly published study, they believe that they may have found it. According to a recently released statement from the institution’s Koch Center for Integrative Cancer Research, scientists there have engineered an innovative way of delivering medication that can be inhaled, and a specially formulated medication that takes advantage of that new delivery system.
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a form of cancer that impacts the organ that lines the cavity in which the lungs are found, and which can eventually involve the lungs themselves. The disease, which is caused by exposure to asbestos, is always considered fatal. The disease has proven to be resistant to existing cancer protocols, and this has driven researchers to seek new approaches with the hope that they might be more effective. One of these approaches has been the use of messenger RNA molecules that deliver genetic instructions directly to cells. Though this treatment has shown promise, there have been challenges in the way that it has been delivered. The researchers from MIT have engineered a method through which a special formula of mRNA molecules to be delivered by inhalation.
The research that was conducted into the effectiveness of both the medication and the delivery system for mesothelioma patients and other lung cancer patients showed great promise. When laboratory animals were tested, the researchers found that the inhalation delivery combined with the specialized formula remained in the lungs longer than previous dosing methods had, indicating that mesothelioma patients could realize a more targeted and effective way of getting much-needed treatment.
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