Drug delivery is the art of bringing medicine to where it is most effective inside the body. This is especially important in cancer therapy, as anti-cancer drugs will most often be harmful not only to the cancer cells but also to healthy tissue.
Finnish researchers have shown that tiny gold-containing particles – so called gold nanoclusters – are well suited for the task. The computations for their studies were performed on the supercomputer Mahti operated by CSC, the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Finland.
The researchers at the University of Jyväskylä Nanoscience Center chose to focus on gastric cancer, also called stomach cancer. The incidence of this cancer type is rising, and it is one the most aggressive cancers. Gastric cancer has become the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide.