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Current Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 0929-8673
ISSN (Online): 1875-533X

Review Article

Targeting Tumour Metastasis: The Emerging Role of Nanotechnology

Author(s): Sarah Visentin, Mirela Sedić, Sandra Kraljević Pavelić and Krešimir Pavelić*

Volume 27 , Issue 8 , 2020

Page: [1367 - 1381] Pages: 15

DOI: 10.2174/0929867326666181220095343

Price: $65


The metastatic process has still not been completely elucidated, probably due to insufficient knowledge of the underlying mechanisms. Here, we provide an overview of the current findings that shed light on specific molecular alterations associated with metastasis and present novel concepts in the treatment of the metastatic process. In particular, we discuss novel pharmacological approaches in the clinical setting that target metastatic progression. New insights into the process of metastasis allow optimisation and design of new treatment strategies, especially in view of the fact that metastatic cells share common features with stem cells. Nano- and micro-technologies are herein elaborated in details as a promising therapeutic concept in targeted drug delivery for metastatic cancer. Progression in the field could provide a more efficient way to tackle metastasis and thus bring about advancements in the treatment and management of patients with advanced cancer.

Keywords: Metastasis, cancer stem cells, stem cell marker, nanomedicine, cancer therapy, nanotechnology.

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