UCL Doctors grow nose on cancer patient’s arm

Hat’s off to the technology.. we can look forward to bringing relief to victims of acid attacks, burn injuries, accidents etc.

In a pioneering surgery, a British businessman who lost his nose to cancer is growing a new one – in his arm. If all goes well it will eventually be removed and sewn on to his face with experts at University College London hoping that he will have feeling and a sense of smell too.

The Scientists are planning to use bone marrow cells of a cancer patient, whose nose was surgically removed, to produce a new nose. Then, they will implant it under skin in the man’s arm under controlled laboratory conditions.

It is a pioneering procedure that has to be dealt with efficiency. They will grow two noses in case one of them drops. According to Dr. Alex Seifalian of University College London, nose would be cultivated through the moulds taken from patient’s original nose before it was surgically removed.

These prototypes would be maintained in a bio-reactor. Cells would multiply in the controlled laboratory conditions. Along with this, Seifalian explained that the doctors would introduce a small balloon under the skin of one of the patient’s arPhoto from Topnews.aems. Then the prototypes would be inflated for over a week to help skin stretch for a little while.

Surgeons would implant one of them in the skin of one of the 53-year-old man’s arms. This innovative process would further continue for growth of its skin and build up a normal blood supply. The made-from-scratch sniffer would remain in the arm for four to six weeks. Then, doctors would sew the nose to patients face, open the nostrils and implant cells that allow for the secretion of mucus.

Various news coverage of this path breaking research are available at :


– Mail Today, New Delhi, Thursday, January 24, 20013

– http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/01/23/man-who-lost-nose-to-cancer-will-grow-new-one-on-his-arm/

– http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/cancer-victim-growing-new-nose-16265017.html