There are roughly 100,000 new cases of melanoma diagnosed each year, and the deadly form of skin cancer claims 20 American lives each day. However, a recent EurekAlert! article discussed a new strategy for combatting melanoma with a skin patch that delivers medication. The patch contains a unique chemical coating and microneedles that distribute medication that kills melanoma cells within one minute. The device tested well on human and mice skin samples, and is a step toward developing a vaccine to treat melanoma. The technique could also have applications for other vaccines where topical ointments don’t cut it, and syringes aren’t necessary.
New Skin Patch Delivers Vaccines and Drugs in Under 1 Minute
Researchers have created a fast-acting skin patch that delivers medication to attack melanoma cells.