Scientists from University of Manchester have shown that graphene oxide acts as an anti-cancer agent that selectively targets cancer stem cells. The researchers believe that this could lead to tumor shrinkage and preventing the spread and recurrence of cancer when combined with existing treatments.
As says Federica Sotgia: “These findings show that graphene oxide could possibly be applied as a lavage or rinse during surgery to clear cancer stem cells or as a drug targeted at cancer stem cells. Our results also show that graphene oxide is not toxic to healthy cells …”
Thus, graphene oxide may be an effective non-toxic therapeutic strategy for the eradication of cancer stem cells, via differentiation-based nanotherapy.