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Nanotechnology in cancer treatment

The use of nanotechnology is especially promising in medicine. The innovative cancer treatment is based on the use of magnetic particles to treat tumors and promising minimal side effects. The technology developed by a German company is in clinical trials since 2003. «The therapy involves the use of medical devices, not pharmaceuticals. The iron oxide nanoparticles on which it is based behave like tiny implanted devices in the body. They are heated by an externally applied magnetic field but do not chemically interact with the body. Within the next several years, however, it is expected that these iron oxide nanoparticles will also be able to be used for targeted drug», according to the explanation presented by the company. 

The diffusion of the particles naturally stops at the border between tumorous and healthy tissue because of the cell differentiation between normal and cancer tissue as well as the higher density tissue structure of normal tissue which, in comparison to the heterogeneous and imperfect structure of tumor tissue, blocks the nanoparticles from penetrating further. Additionally, the particles are quickly absorbed into the tumor cells which, as they rapidly multiply, regard the particles as “food”. You can learn more about the company here




September 8, 2008 - Posted by | Nano News


  1. Can nanotechnology be used for a patient who has cancer spread throughout the abdominal wall like sandpaper versus a tumor? Is this still in clinical trials or are people actually receiving this treatment? If so, where is this type of treatment being done and who could we contact?

    Comment by Carolyn Yarian | October 12, 2008 | Reply

  2. Is this still in clinical trials or are people actually receiving this treatment for cancer? If so, where is it being performed? Who could I contact regarding the procedure?

    Comment by Carolyn Yarian | October 12, 2008 | Reply

  3. In Nano-Cancer therapies interactions between nanoparticles and cancer cells are highly specific. Some nanoparticles are really successful for destructing some tumour cells and remain ineffective in front of other cancer or healthy tissues. For this reason scientist think that nanotechnology will allow new treatments and procedures more specific for each type of tumour and with less secondary effects than traditional Chemo and radiotherapy procedures.

    The company behind this video is MagforceNano. It is located in Germany. You can get more information about it at :

    Comment by nanobugle | October 13, 2008 | Reply

  4. thanks man i love nanotechnology
    this is my blog:

    Comment by ahmed | April 14, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hi,
    I’d also like to know if there are any clinical trials on this. Are the results published yet please?

    Comment by Gayle | June 11, 2009 | Reply

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