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Nanotechnological Applications in Cancer Treatment and Tumor Imaging

Author(s): Ayse Erdogan | Aysun Ozkan

Journal: Arsiv Kaynak Tarama Dergisi
ISSN 1300-3755

Volume: 22;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 426;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Cancer | nanoparticle | tumor imaging

Nanotechnology which is used in many sectors from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals, from paints industry to biotechnology, continue to benefit from the efforts of cancer treatment. Cancer cells can be killed with nanoparticles applications in some studies which have been approved and are being tested in the world. Applications with a special carrier systems which is developed using nanotechnology, do not affect healthy cells but kill cancer cells is possible now. Recent developments in cancer nanotechnology provide new tools to researchers in both tumor imaging and treatment of cancer. This technology led to the development of nanoparticles which can be used in oncology and can be conjugated with more than one functional molecule simultaneously including tumor-specific ligands, antibodies, anti-cancer drugs and imaging probes. Those nanoparticles are smaller than cancer cells. They can be transferred easily through blood vessels and interact with targeted tumor-specific proteins both on the surface and inside of cancer cells. High cancer treatment success can be achieved with drug delivery systems using nanoparticles target to tumor cells develop at much lower drug doses. [Archives Medical Review Journal 2013; 22(3.000): 426-440]
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