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Cancer Treatment Taking a New Dimension Through the Help of 3D Printing Technology

 |  Sammy Ekaran

Scientists Have Just Created 3D Printed Tumors Using Patients’ Cells

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3D Printed Tumors. Image Source: 3DPrint.com

3D printing material has its uses in varied industries, but presently, scientists and researchers are uniting to exploit 3D printing materials in cancer treatment. They have created a 3D printing material that will be used in cancer treatments.

Researchers from Teviv University have used patient’s own cells as some 3D printing material to create a model of their neoplasm to envision the efficiency of potential treatments before trying them out for real on the patient. This is a primary and very useful 3D written brain tumor that is exploiting potential cells that may give rise to new ways to spice up the treatment of brain cancer.

Professor Ronit Satchi-Fainaro of UN agency led the analysis at the university, and he said,

“Scientists have written and created this 3D model by extracting a small amount of the neoplasm from the brain of a patient stricken by neoplasm (aggressive cancer with very little known treatment). They used it to print a 3D model matching their tomography scans”.

The next technique is pumping the patient’s blood through the written neoplasm that is created with a compound that mimics the brain, followed by a drug or treatment. Professor Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, in addition, said that “We have very little time to carry out all the different therapies that we'd want to carry out on that specific neoplasm, and get a definite result”.

If the tests perform well, scientists will work a lot on this 3D printing project to use it for treating patients stricken by neoplasm. This can be a significant accomplishment in the science sector, as a result of which present doctors can have a definite procedure for the treatment of cancer patients.

According to the research contained in aans.org, Glioblastoma is a type of cancer that is more common in adults. It spreads quickly to different parts of the brain, making it difficult to treat. The survival rate of patients with such a condition is usually very low. Ofra Benny of UN agency leading a similar analysis at the Hebrew University, Israel, said the utilization of a patient's own cells to develop 3D growth models may be "a game-changer in the private medical sector".

"The tons of physiological prototype you manufacture, and the upper prediction you get in terms of drug treatments will work on the actual growth among the patient's body," she said.

Battling Brain Cancer

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The research team from left: Eilam Yeini, Lena Neufeld and Prof. Satchi-Fainaro. Photo viaTel Aviv University.

Cancer is one of the most dangerous diseases. A patient stricken by cancer suffers a great deal of pain, and will also spend a huge amount of money on treatments.

Cancer has different levels and forms. It occurs for different reasons. Neoplasm is very aggressive and accounts for the majority of brain tumors. The neoplasm spreads very quickly among the organ that produces it, making it difficult for the patient to be treated with existing approaches like surgery, irradiation, and medical aid.

It quickly damages the condition of the body and, because of that, the life expectancy of patients suffering from neoplasm is just 14-15 months. The existing drug treatments only slow it down but do not cure it. So, the university (TAU) analysis team is seeking to solve this issue with the more advanced and new 3D bioprinted neoplasm model. It copies the behavior of cancer and helps in its treatment. 

“If we have can obtain a sample of a patient’s neoplasm, we can use it to create about 100 little 3D printed tumors. We can then study these tumors and try out a combination of treatments to cure it.” Satchi-Fainaro said, “Alternatively, we can look at different compounds on a 3D bioprinted neoplasm, see what’s most promising, and then invest in the development of a sustainable drug.”

According to Satchi-Fainaro, being able to easily identify proteins and genes in cancer cells that will form the basis for medication is at the forefront of her team’s breakthrough.

During testing, the researchers used the technology to focus on a particular organic compound mechanism they'd previously known that causes the system to help the neoplasm spread, rather than attack the cancer cells. Through this, they were able to delay the enlargement of the neoplasm and prevent its spread.


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