Cancer nanotechnology: application of nanotechnology in cancer therapy

Drug Discov Today. 2010 Oct;15(19-20):842-50. doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2010.08.006. Epub 2010 Aug 18.


The application of nanotechnology for cancer therapy has received considerable attention in recent years. Cancer nanotechnology (an interdisciplinary area of research in science, engineering and medicine) is an upcoming field with extensive applications. It provides a unique approach and comprehensive technology against cancer through early diagnosis, prediction, prevention, personalized therapy and medicine. Target-specific drug therapy and methods for early diagnosis of pathologies are the priority research areas in which nanotechnology would play a vital part. This review focuses on the approaches of cancer nanotechnology in the advancement of cancer therapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dendrimers / therapeutic use
  • Drug Delivery Systems
  • Drug Design
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Humans
  • Liposomes
  • Micelles
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanotechnology*
  • Nanotubes, Carbon
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Photochemotherapy
  • Quantum Dots
  • Radiotherapy


  • Dendrimers
  • Liposomes
  • Micelles
  • Nanotubes, Carbon