Cancer Nanotechnology – Nanomaterials for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy


Edited by
Hari Singh Nalwa and Thomas Webster

    July 2006
500 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 1-58883-071-3

Researchers from around the world are actively integrating nanotechnology into the treatment of various diseases that influence human health. This book on Cancer Nanotechnology is at the forefront of nanotechnology efforts relevant for a disease in which finding cures has proved problematic through conventional methods. Nanotechnology (and this book) takes an innovative fresh look at the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Specifically, on the biological side, topics covered in this book include: bone cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, leukemia, bladder cancer, colorectal cancer, chemotherapy, use of stem cells in cancer treatment, immunotherapy, new cancer biological markers, as well as many others. On the nanotechnology side, the following concepts are integrated into cancer treatment: synthesis of nanoparticles, fabrication of bulk nanomaterials, use of tools (such as scanning probe and atomic force microscopy) in cancer research, elucidation of nanoscale mechanisms of cellular functions relevant to cancer, nanoscale computational modeling, and many others. Only by taking a fresh look at the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer through novel approaches such as, perhaps, the use of nanotechnology, will we begin to unravel the elusive aspects of cancer. Clearly, as this book addresses, these are necessary steps in finding cures for which nanotechnology may provide the answer. In summary, this book contains 20 review chapters and provides such existing data and perspectives on how nanotechnology may be used for all aspects of cancer including its prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

(1) Nanoparticles for Treating Bone Cancer
(2) Nanoparticulate Selenium for Anti-Cancer Orthopedic Implants
(3) Nanoparticulate Drug Delivery for Cancer Therapy
(4) Nanoparticles in Immunotherapy Against Cancer
(5) Nanoparticle Photodynamic Therapy for Cancer Treatment
(6) Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Targeted Imaging and Therapy
(7) Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles: Next Generation MR Contrast Agents and Intracranial Imaging Enhancers
(8) Molecular Biomarkers in Early Cancer Detection
(9) Applications of Nanoparticles in Detection and Treatment of Hormonal Cancer
(10) Solid Tumor Physiology as a Target for Nanomedicines
(11) Nanomagnetics and Magnetic Hyperthermia
(12) Colon Cancer: Early Detection and Prevention by Food Compounds and Biomarkers of Preventive Effects Found by Employment
of Microarrays
(13) Nano-scale Techniques in Prostate Cancer Management: From Basic Research to Clinic Settings
(14) Cell Nucleus Nanofactory for Developing Anticancer Strategies
(15) Multifunctional Pharmacutical Nanocarriers
(16) Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Deregulated Hematopoietic Stem Cell Functions in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
(17) Scanning Probe/Atomic Force Microscopy in Cancer Cell Research
(18) Development and Application of Microfluidic Devices for Cancer Cell Migration
(19) Histogenesis of Gastric and Colorectal Cancer from the Minute-sized Same Carcinomatous Lesions of Pathological Examination
(20) A Multiscale Approach for Computational Modeling of Biobarriers to Cancer Chemotherapy via Nanotechnology

This book is a very valuable reference source for scientists, research professionals working in R&D laboratories, students, college and university professors working in the field of cancer, nanotechnology, medical sciences, health sciences, drug delivery, drug delivery systems, drug targeting, proteomics, gene therapy, biomaterials and biopolymers, pharmaceutics, biotechnology, biological sciences, nucleic acids, materials science, and chemistry.

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