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A Brigham and Women’s doctor is using tiny drones to target cancer

Drones are increasingly being used in innovative ways—from responding to train derailments to documenting fall foliage.

They’ve even made it into the fight against cancer—though on a much, much smaller scale.

Dr. Wilfred Ngwa, a medical physicist in radiation oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is working to apply drone technology to cancer treatment.

Ngwa and his colleagues have developed tiny drones designed to target and kill cancer cells that have spread in the body. Their research project won the hospital’s BRIght Future’s Prize in October.

“It’s really about curing cancer,” Ngwa said of the project, which combines radiotherapy, immunotherapy, and microscopic nanotechnology.

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