Potentials of Hydrogels in Cancer Therapy

Author(s): Prem Prakash Sharma, Ravindra Kumar, Anil K Singh, Brajendra K Singh, Ajay Kumar, Brijesh Rathi.

Journal Name:Current Cancer Therapy Reviews

Volume 10 , Issue 3 , 2014

Abstract:

Hydrogels have emerged as an unique and potential transporters for the target drug delivery systems in cancer therapy. Cancer is a terrible disease extracting toll on human health across the world probably due to several drawbacks of the conventional cancer treatments. However, hydrogels facilitate the modern and improved prospects for the treatment of cancer with minimum cytotoxic effects to the healthier cells or tissues. Besides, the easy tailoring associated with the structural features and high biocompatibility of hydrogels have attracted enough attention and offer them as a strong tool for the development of nanomedicine. This review is devoted to update the current studies related to hydrogels and their applications as vectors for cancer chemotherapy.

Keywords: Biocompatibility, cancer chemotherapy, drug delivery, hydrogels, nanomedicine.

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VOLUME: 10
ISSUE: 3
Year: 2014
Page: [246 - 270]
Pages: 25
DOI: 10.2174/157339471003150212111617
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