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Cancer Research Frontiers. 2016 Feb; 2(1): 67-84. doi: 10.17980/2016.67

A review of organic nanomaterials in photothermal cancer therapy

Jilong Wang1, Jingjing Qiu1,*

1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, Texas 79409, USA.

 

*Corresponding author: Email: jenny.qiu@ttu.edu

Citation: Jilong Wang, et al. A review of organic nanomaterials in photothermal cancer therapy. Cancer Research Frontiers. 2016 Feb; 2(1): 67-84. doi: 10.17980/2016.67

Copyright: @ 2016 Jilong Wang, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Competing Interests: The authors declare no competing financial interests.

Received Sept 30, 2015; Revised Jan 24, 2016; Accepted Jan 28, 2016. Published Feb 26, 2016

 

Abstract: Photothermal therapy has inspired numerous interests due to its minimal invasion, easy to perform, and possibilities to treat embedded tumors in vital regions. In this review, examples where various types of photothermal nanoagents including carbon-based, organic near-infrared dye-based, polymer-based nanomaterials have been utilized to converse near-infrared light energy to heating within tumors are introduced. The pros and cons of these photothermal agents are discussed. Furthermore, the challenges and perspectives in the near future are also addressed.

Keywords: photothermal, near-infrared, dye, porphyrin, polymer, grapheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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