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Mol Biotechnol. 2009 Jul;42(3):358-66. doi: 10.1007/s12033-009-9161-0. Epub 2009 Mar 17.

Cancer detection and treatment: the role of nanomedicines.

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Rensselaer, NY 12144, USA.


Nanotechnology is a field which has been at the forefront of research over the past two decades. The full potential of nanotechnology has yet to be fully realized. One subset of nanotechnology that has emerged is nanomedicine, which has been able to exploit the unique properties of nano-sized particles for therapeutics. Nanomedicine has the potential to increase the specific treatment of cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact through the use of novel nanoparticles to seek and treat cancer in the human body. However, there are undoubtedly toxicities, which have not yet been fully elucidated. Various nano-carriers such as nanoshells, nanocrystals, nanopolymers, quantum dots, and dendrimers, and their role in early cancer detection and treatment have been discussed in this article.

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