Health

Precision Cancer Treatments

"It's an exciting approach; we hit the tumor hard with little toxicity, leaving room for other therapy."

"It's an exciting approach; we hit the tumor hard with little toxicity, leaving room for other therapy."

“We use the device to hit the primary tumor hard. It’s an exciting approach because there is so little systemic toxicity that it leaves room to administer additional drugs against cancer cells that may have spread in the rest of the body.”

— Jen Jen Yeh, M.D.
Associate Professor, UNC School of Medicine

Pancreatic cancer is deadly. But a novel drug delivery device set for clinical trials in 2020 could help doctors attack tumors, improve outcomes and reduce side effects. A team of researchers from UNC, including Drs. Jen Jen Yeh and Joseph DeSimone, has shown in preclinical research that the device can deliver a particularly toxic dose of drugs directly to pancreatic tumors to stunt their growth or, in some cases, shrink them. This approach would also spare the patient toxic side effects.

Read the complete Carolina Story…Opens in new window

This is story number 110 in the Carolina Stories 225th Anniversary EditionOpens in new window magazine.

UNC Medicine Funding Priorities

Readers Also Viewed...

Research

Testing a Vaccine

The medical director of the HIV Cure Center is leading a clinical research team to conduct a large phase 3 trial for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Cindy Gay stands outside a building on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus.
Health

Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Trials?

Dr. Cindy Gay shares insight about the ins and outs of COVID-19 vaccine trials in this exclusive Q&A.

Research

Uncovering a Hidden Allergy

Researching anomalies to improve the lives of many

Community

UNC Health Mobile Clinic Goes Beyond COVID-19 Testing

Breaking down barriers to health care access

Research

Working Together Successfully

Carolina's expertise in HIV research provides hope for tackling COVID-19.

Community

Creating Better Days During the Pandemic

Useful findings on resilience and happiness