Non Melanoma cancer of the nose is cancer that inflicts damage on the surface of the skin and doesn’t spread rapidly. After treatment, the area that has been treated is almost always damaged so skin graft operations are carried out to repair it. These are successful but patients almost always complain about breathing problems and their appearance. News from Switzerland bodes well for future receivers of skin grafts because the process that has been discovered to replace them is much safer and more effective.
Switzerland’s University of Basel has revealed that it has tested and verified a process that grows cartilage in the lab to replace the defect in someone’s nose after cancer treatment. This was done by extracting cells called chrondocytes from the patient and giving them an environment to multiply (a collagen surface and a culture solution). The result was that the cells grew to 40 times their original number in two weeks and were applied to the defect in the patients nose. The patients involved in the study were 76-88 years old.
It’s been a year since the operation was carried out and all five recipients have reported that no breathing or cosmetic problems have arisen. They are satisfied with their appearance and that’s surprising because elders usually find something wrong with everything when they compare it to “their times”. Ivan Martin, Professor for Tissue Engineering at the Department of Biomedicine at the University Hospital of Basel has spoken highly of the procedure and the results, saying that this procedure could potentially be applied to other areas of the body.