Research on New Strategies for Tumor Therapy Based on Nanostructured Materials

A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology".

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Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences—National Institute of the Republic of Serbia, University of Belgrade, 11001 Belgrade, Serbia
Interests: cancer therapy; tumor models; nanomaterials; combination therapy

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Dear Colleagues,

Despite being one of the most investigated diseases, cancer is still causing excessive burden that reaches much further than the affected person. Nanomaterial-based therapies, in addition to biological-based approaches, are one of the fastest developing new modalities to fight cancer. These efforts have already resulted in hundreds of new modalities based on unique and sometimes unexpected properties of nanomaterials. Being inorganic, organic, or biomaterial-based; "soft" or "hard"; with a core or hollow; and serving as either carriers of drugs, radioisotopes, or immune system triggers, these materials are proven to be capable of fighting cancers. However, this battle is far from over. Rather, it is just beginning. Relying on an endless pool of unique properties of nanomaterials, new modalities appear every day. In this Special Issue, we would like to shed light on the recent status and offer a glimpse of the future perspective of fighting cancer using the unique properties of nanomaterials.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Željko Prijović
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Keywords

  • cancer
  • tumor
  • nanomaterial-based therapies
  • nanomaterials
  • nanostructured

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Evaluation of Advanced Nanomaterials for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
by Nkanyiso L. Ndlovu, Wendy B. Mdlalose, Bulelwa Ntsendwana and Thomas Moyo
Pharmaceutics 2024, 16(4), 473; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmaceutics16040473 - 28 Mar 2024
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Cancer is a persistent global disease and a threat to the human species, with numerous cases reported every year. Over recent decades, a steady but slowly increasing mortality rate has been observed. While many attempts have been made using conventional methods alone as [...] Read more.
Cancer is a persistent global disease and a threat to the human species, with numerous cases reported every year. Over recent decades, a steady but slowly increasing mortality rate has been observed. While many attempts have been made using conventional methods alone as a theragnostic strategy, they have yielded very little success. Most of the shortcomings of such conventional methods can be attributed to the high demands of industrial growth and ever-increasing environmental pollution. This requires some high-tech biomedical interventions and other solutions. Thus, researchers have been compelled to explore alternative methods. This has brought much attention to nanotechnology applications, specifically magnetic nanomaterials, as the sole or conjugated theragnostic methods. The exponential growth of nanomaterials with overlapping applications in various fields is due to their potential properties, which depend on the type of synthesis route used. Either top-down or bottom-up strategies synthesize various types of NPs. The top-down only branches out to one method, i.e., physical, and the bottom-up has two methods, chemical and biological syntheses. This review highlights some synthesis techniques, the types of nanoparticle properties each technique produces, and their potential use in the biomedical field, more specifically for cancer. Despite the evident drawbacks, the success achieved in furthering nanoparticle applications to more complex cancer stages and locations is unmatched. Full article
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