Background: Delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer is becoming
advanced day by day. However, the challenge of the effective delivery system still does exist. In various types
of cancers, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women. Breast cancer is a combination
of different diseases. It cannot be considered as only one entity because there are many specific patient factors,
which are involved in the development of this disease. Nanotechnology has opened a new area in the effective
treatment of breast cancer due to the several benefits offered by this technology.
Methods: Polymeric nanocarriers are among one of the effective delivery systems, which has given promising
results in the treatment of breast cancers. Nanocarriers does exert their anticancer effect either through active or
passive targeting mode.
Results: The use of nanocarriers has been resolute about the adverse effects of chemotherapeutic drugs such as
poor solubility and less penetrability in tumor cells.
Conclusion: The present review is focused on recent developments regarding polymeric nanocarriers, such as
polymeric micelles, polymeric nanoparticles, dendrimers, liposomes, nanoshells, fullerenes, carbon nanotubes
(CNT) and quantum dots, etc. for their recent advancements in breast cancer therapy.