Korean Scientists Use LED To Help Treat Cancer

- Mar 22, 2018-

On Monday, the Korean Institute of Electronic Technology (KERI) said that Korean scientists have developed a minimally invasive technology that targets cancer cells, and uses light emitting diode (LED) and laparoscopy to diagnose and treat cancer.

Recently, minimally invasive treatment and diagnostic methods, such as photodynamic therapy (PDT) and laparoscopy, can greatly improve the quality of life of patients, so it has been developing rapidly.

PDT is a technique that uses photosensitizer drugs to "activate" a variety of light to help promote treatment. This technique is more effective because the light is only for the growth of the cancer cells, not the normal cells.

Officials at the Korea Institute of Electronic Technology (KERI) said that the technology developed by KERI is to detect cancer cells with LED light, and also to treat cancer with PDT laser based on laparoscopy.

"Laparoscopic based PDT therapy is the next generation of treatments that can have a significant impact on the public health industry," said KERI researcher Bae Su-jin.

At present, the Korean Institute of electronic technology is transferring related technologies to a local company.