Oncology Central

Gold/diamond nanohybrids may reveal how hyperlocalized hyperthermia kills cancer cells

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The use of heat as a means of treatment for various diseases dates back to very ancient times. A well-known Greek philosopher and scientist Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC), who is considered as the ‘father of medicine’, stated that a disease must be incurable if it could not be cured by using heat. He even went on to successfully treat breast tumors with heat [1]. Interestingly, two millennia later, nanotechnology is aiding much of the development of modern hyperthermia.

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