In an article published in Newscientist, British scientists say, in addition to having efficacy as chemotherapy, silver injections on cancer cells also reduces the side effects of treatment.
Previous studies suggest that platinum is also able to kill certain cancer cells. The team, led by Charlotte Willans from the University of Leeds and then performed the same experiment with silver. The study aims to find a more effective cancer drugs.
Researchers say, the various types of carbene ligands are added to the silver atom before incubating various concentrations of these compounds into the cells of breast cancer and colon cancer. The incubation period for the six days.
The result showed that the silver complex compound proved to be as effective as Cisplatin, which contains platinum in attack and kill cancer cells. Cisplatin is used to treat testicular cancer, bladder, ovarian, and lung cancer.
“More importantly, silver poison normal cells less than platinum,” says Willans. So, the side effect of cancer treatment more less and not dangerous.