Cancer Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology offers researchers with the opportunity to study and manipulate macromolecules in real time and during the earliest stages of cancer progression. It provides the means to target chemotherapies directly and selectively to cancerous cells and neoplasms, influence in surgical resection of tumors, and enhance the therapeutic efficacy of radiation-based and other current treatment modalities. Nanotechnology can provide swift and subtle detection of cancer-related molecules, enabling scientists to detect molecular changes even when they occur only in a small percentage of cells. Nanotechnology also has the potential to engender entirely novel and highly active therapeutic agents.