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Advances in cancer therapy through the use of carbon nanotube-mediated targeted hyperthermia

Authors Iancu C, Mocan L

Published 15 August 2011 Volume 2011:6 Pages 1675—1684


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Cornel Iancu, Lucian Mocan
3rd Surgery Clinic, Department of Nanomedicine, “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Abstract: Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are emerging versatile tools in nanomedicine applications, particularly in the field of cancer targeting. Due to diverse surface chemistry and unique thermal properties, CNTs can act as strong optical absorbers in near infrared light where biological systems prove to be highly transparent. The process of laser-mediated ablation of cancer cells marked with biofunctionalized CNTs is frequently termed “nanophotothermolysis.” This paper illustrates the potential of engineered CNTs as laser-activated photothermal agents for the selective nanophotothermolysis of cancer cells.

Keywords: carbon nanotubes, cancer targeting, functionalization, optical excitation, cancer treatment


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