MASSDEVICE ON CALL —Nanotechnology could hold promise for the next generation in breast implant material, said researchers.
Scientists at the University of Akron are currently developing an alternative to the standard silicone rubber implant, which according to them has a 20 to 30 percent complication rate.
The new material would be a nanostructed alternative to silicone that has the ability to deliver cancer drugs and minimize chemotherapy side effects in the 75 percent of post-mastectomy patients that choose breast reconstruction surgery.
"If successful, our material could be used for implants with drug delivery capabilities," said lead author Judit Puskas in prepared remarks.
“We are hoping that this review will contribute to a better understanding of the controversial issues and motivate material scientists and medical doctors to work together to develop alternatives based on new nanotechnology for the women who opt for a device made of synthetic materials."
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