Background: In the last years, the production and applications of nanoparticles based on
iron oxides in the field of biomedicine presented a great interest due to their particular properties. Because
of the expansion of the pharmaceutical industry numerous new systems for drugs delivery have
appeared, and those centered on magnetic nanoparticles are in a particular attention and in different
promising developmental stages.
Objective: In this mini review, some representative, interesting and feasible magnetic nanostructures obtained
recently (from last 5-6 years) with possible use in antitumor/anticancer therapy are presented.
Results: The synthesis of these nanostructures with magnetic properties implies very simple assembling
procedures and presents one of the lowest cytotoxic profiles. Magnetic nanostructures displayed possible
appliance in a large diversity of biotechnological and medical fields, both for diagnose and therapy.
Conclusion: Different types of magnetic nano-carriers loaded with different antitumor/anticancer
agents and the cases tested in vivo are considered.