Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a spray-on-gel that will help prevent the growth of cancer cells after surgery. In most cases, unfortunately, once the patient undergoes surgery, cancer recurs. This gel will prevent such an occurrence. It is embedded with immune-boosting drugs that will stop the cancer from recurring and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body.
The gel was tested on mice, which had undergone surgeries to remove tumours from their bodies. It was observed that the gel prevented the growth of the cancer cells which remained in the body after the surgery was done. Also, the mice with the gel application survived for at least 60 days without the tumours recurring.
The gel is yet to undergo several more tests before it could be used in humans. But the tests done so far show promising results and provide a ray of hope in fighting against the deadly disease.