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Title: The Role of Magnetic Nanoparticles in Cancer Nanotheranostics
Authors: Ferreira, Maria
Sousa, João
Pais, Alberto 
Vitorino, Carla 
Keywords: Biomedical applications; Cancer; Diagnosis; Drug delivery; Magnetic nanoparticles; Nanotheranostics; Therapy
Issue Date: 7-Jan-2020
Publisher: MDPI
Project: PEst-OE/QUI/UI0313/2014 
Serial title, monograph or event: Materials (Basel, Switzerland)
Volume: 13
Issue: 2
Abstract: Technological development is in constant progress in the oncological field. The search for new concepts and strategies for improving cancer diagnosis, treatment and outcomes constitutes a necessary and continuous process, aiming at more specificity, efficiency, safety and better quality of life of the patients throughout the treatment. Nanotechnology embraces these purposes, offering a wide armamentarium of nanosized systems with the potential to incorporate both diagnosis and therapeutic features, towards real-time monitoring of cancer treatment. Within the nanotechnology field, magnetic nanosystems stand out as complex and promising nanoparticles with magnetic properties, that enable the use of these constructs for magnetic resonance imaging and thermal therapy purposes. Additionally, magnetic nanoparticles can be tailored for increased specificity and reduced toxicity, and functionalized with contrast, targeting and therapeutic agents, revealing great potential as multifunctional nanoplatforms for application in cancer theranostics. This review aims at providing a comprehensive description of the current designs, characterization techniques, synthesis methods, and the role of magnetic nanoparticles as promising nanotheranostic agents. A critical appraisal of the impact, potentialities and challenges associated with each technology is also presented.
ISSN: 1996-1944
DOI: 10.3390/ma13020266
Rights: openAccess
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