New method of giving chemo could cut side effects

Australian researchers have discovered that encapsulating 5-FU in a fatty membrane helps target the drug to tumours

Australian researchers have discovered a way to transform the delivery of chemotherapy, potentially curtailing toxic side effects for cancer patients.

Professor Clive Prestidge
Professor Clive Prestidge.

The key to the world-first find is the use of nanomedicines — drugs hidden within nanoscopic fatty membranes or liposomes — which have the ability to more accurately target tumours rather than surrounding