25 Sep 2012
By Aisha Wakaso
The President of African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja, Professor Wole Soboyejo, has disclosed that research has reached an advanced stage in inventing an effective medicine for the treatment of cancer, compared to the treatment of the disease through chemotherapy.
According to Soboyejo who disclosed this at the opening ceremony of a five-day workshop on Nanomedecine and Bio-Micro-Electrical Systems (BIOMEMS) organised by Federal University of Technology, Minna in collaboration with AUST at the institution’s Bosso campus, said the new method of treatment would give room for early detection.
The president said the new method of treatment will have little or no side effect on the patients, adding that unlike chemotherapy, the medicine is selective, saying when administered, it goes direct to the region of the disease unlike the present form of treatment which must go through all the blood vessels before attacking the area of the disease.
He said while chemotherapy has side effects like vomiting, weakness and loss of hair when administered on a patient, the new method of treatment according to him, is devoid of any of such side effects.
According to him, the new method of treatment is also cost effective as the patient needs not take large number of dosages of the medicine before it could go round the body to reach the affected part.
He also stated that the research for the new treatment which commenced eight years ago, had proven to be effective after testing it on animals, saying very soon it will be tested on human beings.
Soboyejo opined that research work is still ongoing on how best to administered the treatment, when it gets final approval to administer it on human beings, saying though the administering has to be through injection.
He said, the workshop was conducted with the aim of bringing the young scientist on board so as to be able to contribute on research work on BIOMEMS.