Researchers in Mumbai have initiated a crowdfunding campaign in order to conduct a clinical trial. The clinical trial will be used to test a medical device that will be a one-stop treatment for oral cancer. This device will help treat oral cancer without the requirement of surgery. The device is called ‘Oranano C’ as it is derived from oral nanoparticles used to fight cancer.
The team that developed the device was headed by Prof. Rohit Srivastava, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at IIT Bombay and Dr Abhijit De, Molecular Functional Imaging Lab at Tata Memorial Centre, Kharghar. The team included some students from IIT Hyderabad too. The team consisted of five members in total.
The device uses polymer gold nanoparticles as an agent to remove the tumorous cells. The heat emitted will kill the cancer cells, carefully by excluding the healthy cells.
This photo-thermal technology, like the one that is in the pipeline in many countries has an added benefit – its nanoparticles are cost effective and biodegradable.
“We thought of introducing something that can help cure the ailment in a cost-effective manner because cancer cases are witnessed across the country,” said Prof. Srivastava.
He added, “The idea is to treat oral cancer in the out-patient department (OPD) with just one shot. All of this in a minimum cost that may be around Rs 5000.”
“We have a simple technology involving a biodegradable gold based nano material for treatment of cancer in an OPD for less than Rs 10,000. This technology will help in treating the cancer patient without surgery or chemotherapy, it is also expected to cut the cost of treatment and reduce the hospital stay by a huge margin,” stated the researchers in their crowd-funding statement.