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3D printed absorber could reduce toxic side effects of chemotherapy

January 09, 2019 / Tess Boissonneault

A joint team of researchers from American universities has developed a 3D printed device that is capable of absorbing excess chemotherapy drugs from a patient’s body. The novel device could make chemotherapy treatments more effective while reducing the negative side effects of the harsh drugs on cancer patients.
Though an effective treatment for killing cancer cells, chemotherapy also takes a toll on the body’s healthy cells, causing a range of side effects, including hair loss and nausea. Doxorubicin, one of the drugs used in chemotherapy treatments, can even cause heart failure and other serious side effects if used in too high of a dosage.