(652c) 3D Printed Absorber for Capturing Chemotherapy Drugs before They Are Released in the Body
In this context, we have designed, built, and deployed porous absorbers for capturing chemotherapy drugs from the blood stream after these drugs have had their effect on a tumor, but before they are released into the body where they can cause hazardous side effects. The porosity was obtained by 3D printing of lattice structures within a cylinder. The surface of porous cylinders was coated with an ion-containing polymer which is responsible for capturing doxorubicin, a widely used chemotherapy drug with significant toxic side effects. Using a swine model, we show that our initial design enables the capture of 69 % of the administered drug without any immediate adverse effects. Additional improvement in performance may be obtained by changing the chemical composition and thickness of the coating layer, in addition to controlling the lattice structure and size with elastomers. This development represents a significant step forward in minimizing toxic side effects of chemotherapy.