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At age 28, she's driving force behind tiny chip that tests several procedures on same tumor in record time

By WND News Services

(Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash)

(Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash)

(CTECH) -- Eliana Steinberg was a pharmacist in a pharmacy in Jerusalem when she encountered a patient who changed her life: "He had prostate cancer in an advanced stage with metastases, and he would come to the pharmacy several times a month. I developed personal relationships with him and his wife," she tells Calcalist.

"It was really sad to see before my eyes the progress of his illness and his helplessness, especially when he was facing difficult treatments, which he was not at all sure would be successful. I wanted to help him practically with the disease itself, beyond giving explanations on how to take the medicines. I wanted to ease his suffering."

Steinberg decided to apply for a master's degree in a track for excellence in nanotechnology at the School of Pharmacy of the Hebrew University. Since then the studies have developed into a doctorate, and in the last four years she has developed a method that may cause a huge revolution in the way cancer patients are treated: a transparent chip, which with the help of a tiny sample from a cancer tumor examines a series of possible treatments to see which of them is the most effective, and in record time, with the results obtained in less than two weeks.

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