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IIT-B & Doctors Use Nanotech to Treat Cancer

Times of India
15 February, 2010
Malathy Iyer
Mumbai/Hyderabad, India

Small Solutions To Big Troubles, The Indian Way
If it does pass the muster, it could be India’s second ‘nano’success story. Only this nano creation is being unveiled in the field of healthcare thanks to collaboration between oncologists and scientists of the Indian Institute of Technology–Bombay. In a step that has the potential to revolutionise treatment of retinoblastoma–a rare cancer of the retina that mainly affects children under two years of age–the IIT–B and doctors from Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel and Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad have developed a nano–particle that could conquer the child killer.

Guntur–based teenager, Shirin Thakur, has been suffering from recurrent retinoblastoma since she was two years old. Last week, she took the third shot of a special concoction–nano–particles of carboplatin that is commonly used to treat retinoblastoma–into the tissues around her left eye. Standing in an antiseptic corner of Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad along with her doctor, Dr Debraj Shome, who has been working on the project for five years, the 17–year–old was full of smiles. “I have been suffering from attacks of retinoblastoma in my left eye since I was two. Even in the US, they told me there is no hope but to remove my eye,” she said. Now, she has “fuzzy” vision in the nearly blind eye. “My vision gets better every day.”

Twelve–year–old Vasu, son of a farmer from Vijayawada, says he has been able to see better since September 2009, the time he became a part of the trial for the nanodrug. And if all goes well, there need not be any more reel–life Paarshas, who in the film ‘Shwaas’,India’s entry to the Oscars in 2004, lost both his eyes due to retinoblastoma.

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