When cancer patients walk through the doors at the regional cancer center in Ft. Myers, they want their health, they want a future but, most of all, they want hope. On Monday, the lead researcher in the Kanzius Cancer Project offered just that.
Before John Kanzius' death in 2009, he worked from his Sanibel Island home on a method to treat cancer through radio waves. On Monday, the lead researcher in the project talked about its progress at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Jennifer Stacy, WINK News Anchor and Reporter, spoke with Dr. Steven Curley and Kanzius' family.
Before Kanzius' death, the Sanibel resident and Leukemia sufferer dreamed of a better way to treat cancer.
He designed a method using a radio waves. He caught the attention of researchers around the world, including Dr. Curley from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Six years after Kanzius' first experiment, his dream became more of a reality.
Here's how it works: Tiny pieces of metal, called nano particles, are injected into the body. They attach to specific cancer cells and are then exposed to radio waves. The radio waves heat the metal, killing the cancer cell in a matter of minutes with no side effects.
Depending on the FDA, it's hoped the treatment would be available to the general public within 5-10 years.
Kanzius' friends and his widow maryann understand the desperation.
Southwest Florida will play a pivotal role in making this treatment a reality.This cancer center will be one of only a handful of sites in the world to host human trials, a decision made by Kanzius as a way to give back to the people who believed in and supported him.