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Although site-specific direction of drugs within an organism would benefit patients with many diseases, active drug targeting is clinically not yet possible. To overcome some of the problems associated with active drug targeting, we have developed a magnetic fluid to which drugs, cytokines, and other molecules can be chemically bound to enable those agents(More)
Anticancer drugs reversibly bound to magnetic fluids (ferrofluids) could be concentrated in locally advanced tumors by magnetic fields that are arranged at the tumor surface outside of the organism. If certain requirements are met, systemic toxicity might be minimized, and local tumor efficacy might be increased. We have conducted a Phase I clinical trial(More)
Modulation of tumor blood flow could be of clinical importance, especially when it is combined with radio- or chemotherapy. Serotonin (5-HT), a naturally occurring agent, selectively reduces tumor blood flow and consecutively inhibits the growth of many animal tumors. Therefore, we introduce a new preparation that allows the study of topically applied 5-HT(More)
The intratumoral microvessel density of malignant breast cancer has been shown to be an important prognostic marker. In this study, we tested whether repeated treatment with hyperthermia and serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) reduces tumor growth and alters tumor histology of a colon adenocarcinoma, and whether capillary density in this tumor can also be(More)
Local and regional hyperthermia for treatment of cancer is often combined with radio- and chemotherapy. In this study we tested whether topically applied serotonin (5-HT) modulates tumor blood flow during local hyperthermia. The surgically unprepared ear microcirculation of anesthetized (75 mg/kg pentobarbital sodium) female nude athymic (nu/nu) mice (18-25(More)