Clinical applications of magnetic nanoparticles for hyperthermia

Int J Hyperthermia. 2008 Sep;24(6):467-74. doi: 10.1080/02656730802104757.


Magnetic fluids are increasingly used for clinical applications such as drug delivery, magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic fluid hyperthermia. The latter technique that has been developed as a cancer treatment for several decades comprises the injection of magnetic nanoparticles into tumors and their subsequent heating in an alternating magnetic field. Depending on the applied temperature and the duration of heating this treatment either results in direct tumor cell killing or makes the cells more susceptible to concomitant radio- or chemotherapy. Numerous groups are working in this field worldwide, but only one approach has been tested in clinical trials so far. Here, we summarize the clinical data gained in these studies on magnetic fluid induced hyperthermia.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Heating
  • Humans
  • Hyperthermia, Induced / methods*
  • Magnetics*
  • Nanomedicine / methods*
  • Nanoparticles / therapeutic use*
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Neoplasms / therapy*