We investigated the antitumor effects of adriamycin (ADR)-loaded hydroxyapatite (HAP) beads in a Swarm rat chondrosarcoma model. When one ADR-loaded HAP bead (ADR: 0.8 mg/bead) was implanted into the central portion of a rat bearing tumor, the ADR-loaded HAP beads showed good therapeutic effects, increasing the life span (ILS) by 90%. Significantly, leukopenia and diarrhea were not observed. These results suggest that HAP delivery offers an interesting and a potentially effective method.
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