Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Selective inhibition of tumoral cells growth by low power millimeter waves med./bio.

Published in: Anticancer Res 2002; 22 (3): 1681-1688

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To study the effects of low power millimetric wave (MMW) radiation on the growth of tumor and healthy cells.



Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1: 53.57–78.33 GHz
Modulation type: CW
Exposure duration: 1 h/day every other day for 12 days

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency 53.57–78.33 GHz
Exposure duration 1 h/day every other day for 12 days
Modulation type CW
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Distance between exposed object and exposure source 0.18 m
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
power density 70 nW/cm² - - - -

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated system:
Time of investigation:
  • during exposure
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

One hour of radiation treatment given every day to three tumoral human stable cell lines, produced a noticeable inhibition of the cellular growth. The same treatment given to two healthy cell lines gave a weak growth stimulation. A scanning electron microscopy study of irradiated cells (stable cancer cell lines) revealed that MMW irradiation induced profound morphological changes of the membrane. The results open a very interesting research direction which is linked to the possible use of low power MMW irradiation against tumor cells, without damaging other tissues.

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