Gold nanoparticles in cancer therapy

Authors: Zhao-Zhin Joanna Lim, Jia-En Jasmine Li, Cheng-Teng Ng, Lin-Yue Lanry Yung, Boon-Huat Bay
DOI: 10.1038/aps.2011.82


The rapid advancement of nanotechnology in recent years has fuelled a burgeoning interest in the field of nanoparticle research, in particular, its application in the medical arena. A constantly expanding knowledge based on a better understanding of the properties of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) coupled with relentless experimentation means that the frontiers of nanotechnology are constantly being challenged. At present, there seems to be heightened interest in the application of AuNPs to the management of cancer, encompassing diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of the disease. These efforts are undertaken in the hope of revolutionizing current methods of treatment and treatment strategies for a multifactorial disease such as cancer. This review will focus on the current applications of AuNPs in cancer management.

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