New advances in science of the ultra-small promise big benefits for cancer patients

April 28, 2010
Gold nanoparticles, the bright structures attached to the cultured human cell in this electron microscope image, are among the ultra-small technologies that may help improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the future. Credit: Dr. Catherine C. Berry; National Science Foundation

A $145-million Federal Government effort to harness the power of nanotechnology to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer is producing innovations that will radically improve care for the disease. That's the conclusion of an update on the status of the program, called the National Cancer Institute Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer. It appears in ACS Nano.

Piotr Grodzinski and colleagues note in the article that the alliance, launched in 2004, funds and coordinates research specifically intended to move knowledge about the small science out of laboratories and into hospitals and doctors offices in a big way. It builds on more than 50 years of advances in cancer care that although substantial, still leave cancer as the No. 1 cause of death in the United States and globally.

The article describes a range of advances, including some showing significant promise in that are poised to make a big impact on cancer. They promise earlier disease diagnosis, highly targeted treatments that kill but leave normal cells alone, fewer side effects, and improved survival, the article indicates.

Explore further: Nanotechnology for fighting cancer

More information: "Recent Advances from the National Cancer Institute Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer", ACS Nano.

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2 / 5 (1) Apr 29, 2010
Someone I knew co-founded a start-up (about 12 years ago) whose 1st product was a targeting system employing ferromagnetic metal spheres with surface bonded antibodies. I know they received significant vc. I hope my person's work had some impact on the industry.

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