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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — We’re used to seeing gold in our jewelry, but what about in medicine? More specifically — cancer medicine.
As CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported, that’s the latest approach to treating prostate cancer. It uses nanoparticles of gold and lasers to kill the cancer cells.
The beauty of gold is that it remains inert in the body until it’s hit with a laser beam and gets hot — so if you put really tiny bits of gold into a tumor and then light it up with a laser, the heat would kill the cancer.
Doctors have now figured out how to do this.