Improving chemotherapy with laser technology

Dr Qing-Bin Lu
Chemotherapy is usually effective in destroying cancer cells. But the treatment can also damage healthy cells, causing side effects that can significantly worsen quality of life. And, in some instances, chemotherapy treatment doesn’t work effectively in treating cancer at all.  
With support from your donations, CCS-funded Dr Qing-Bin Lu and his team hope to not only decrease the toxic side effects, but also increase the effectiveness of a common chemotherapy drug.  
Cisplatin is one of the most widely used chemotherapy treatments, but it can have side effects such as nausea and hair loss. Dr Lu’s team is using ultrafast laser technology to watch cisplatin interact with cancer cells in real time.  
“We are studying a chemical compound that appears to help cisplatin act effectively against tumours that would otherwise not respond to it,” says Dr Lu. “Furthermore, by making cisplatin more potent against cancer, we could use a lower effective dose, reducing the side effects that most people experience.” 
With your support, Dr Lu and his team are finding innovative new ways to improve the quality of life for people undergoing cancer treatment and save more lives.