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Nanotechnology in Oncology
Almost all chemotherapy agents act on healthy tissues along with cancerous tissues, resulting in the adverse effects and suboptimal doses to the tumor sites. The advent of nanotechnology in medicine enabled us to encapsulate the drugs with a nano-sized particle, thereby delivering these drugs with high precision to the tumor site. This technology has opened a new vista of opportunities in clinical medicine, Medical Oncology in particular.
Richard Feynman way back in 1959 mentioned in his famous lecture and advised the scientific community to think small for future innovations in science. This laid foundation stone to a new era in science and technology that is today’s nanotechnology. The term “Nano” literally means a dwarf in the Greek language. Nanotechnology is a branch of science dealing with particles ranging from the size between one and one thousand nanometers. Nanomedicine is a subspecialty of nanotechnology exploring its applications in the medical field.
Article published online:
22 May 2021
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