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Plasmas for Treating Cancer: Opportunities for Adaptive and Self-Adaptive Approaches

Plasmas for Treating Cancer: Opportunities for Adaptive and Self-Adaptive Approaches
Jonathan H. Sherman, Isak I. Beilis, Dayun Yan, Michael Keidar, Barry Trink

Plasma is an ionized gas that is typically formed under high-temperature laboratory conditions. Recent progress in atmospheric plasmas has led to cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) devices with ion temperatures close to room temperature. The unique chemical and physical properties of CAP have led to its use in various biomedical applications including cancer therapy. CAP exhibits a spontaneous transition from a spatially homogeneous state to a modifiable pattern that is subject to self-organization. In this Opinion article, we discuss some new applications for plasma in cancer therapy based on plasma self-organization, which enables adaptive features in plasma-based therapeutic systems.

Publisher URL: http://www.cell.com/trends/biotechnology/fulltext/S0167-7799(17)30162-2

DOI: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2017.06.013

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