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Theranostic nanoplatforms for simultaneous cancer imaging and therapy: current approaches and future perspectives

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Abstract

Theranostics is a concept which refers to the integration of imaging and therapy. As an evolving new field, it is related to but different from traditional imaging and therapeutics. It embraces multiple techniques to arrive at a comprehensive diagnostic, in vivo molecular images and an individualized treatment regimen. More recently, there is a trend of tangling these efforts with emerging materials and nanotechnologies, in an attempt to develop novel platforms and methodologies to tackle practical issues in clinics. In this article, topics of rationally designed nanoparticles for the simultaneous imaging and therapy of cancer will be discussed. Several exemplary nanoparticle platforms such as polymeric nanoparticles, gold nanomaterials, carbon nanotubes, magnetic nanoparticles and silica nanoparticles will be elaborated on and future challenges of nanoparticle-based systems will be discussed.

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The article was received on 10 Sep 2011, accepted on 26 Oct 2011 and first published on 01 Dec 2011


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1NR11277E
Citation: Nanoscale, 2012,4, 330-342
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    Theranostic nanoplatforms for simultaneous cancer imaging and therapy: current approaches and future perspectives

    K. Y. Choi, G. Liu, S. Lee and X. Chen, Nanoscale, 2012, 4, 330
    DOI: 10.1039/C1NR11277E

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