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Recent advances in nanomaterials for enhanced photothermal therapy of tumor


Nowadays, photothermal therapy (PTT) by utilizing photothermal conversion agents (PTAs) to generate sufficient heat under near-infrared (NIR) light irradiation for tumor ablation, has attracted extensive research interest. Despite the great advancements, the therapeutic efficacy of PTT in tumor treatment is still compromised by several obstacles, such as low photothermal conversion efficiency, poor stability of PTAs, inadequate tumor accumulation and cellular uptake, thermal-resistance of tumor, as well as tumor recurrence and metastasis. In this review, we highlight recent progresses in nanomaterials that focus on overcoming above obstacles and thus enhancing the therapeutic outcome of PTT. PTAs with improved photothermal performance and modification strategies for efficient PTT are summarized, which are further classified into three main types, including utilzing activatable PTAs, improving local concentration of PTAs, as well as overcoming intrinsic drawbacks of PTT (e.g., heat shock responses). Furthermore, the limitations and challenges of nanomaterials for enhanced PTT are also discussed.

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The article was received on 19 Sep 2018, accepted on 09 Nov 2018 and first published on 09 Nov 2018

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR07627H
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Recent advances in nanomaterials for enhanced photothermal therapy of tumor

    J. Hu, Y. Cheng and X. Zhang, Nanoscale, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8NR07627H

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