The accompanying figure outlines elements of cell biology which can go awry during cell duplication and division [1,2]. If a duplication problem occurs, the cell often dies. But on occasion the problem can lead to uncontrolled duplication, tumorigenesis, and even cancer . The duplication problem occurs with
geometric distortion or over-duplication of centrioles – small perpendicular hollow cylinders lying adjacent to the cell nucleus . The Figure 1 shows how this over-duplication occurs, a
cancer cell is created and then how the resulting cancerous tumor can be treated by nanoparticles.
The proposed nanoparticles are superparamagnetic iron oxide particles (SPIONs) which are attracted to the magnetic field surrounding the tumors. The SPIONs can carry toxins which will kill the tumor cells , or alternatively by vibration can thermally kill the tumor cells.