Magnetic Nanoparticles for Intracranial Thermotherapy

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Abstract:

Thermotherapy using magnetic nanoparticles, also termed nanotherapy, is a new therapeutic concept in which tumor cells are damaged via local heat application. The principle of this method is direct injection of a magnetic fluid into a tumor and its subsequent heating in an alternating magnetic field. The heat created this way (thermotherapy) causes either direct damage to the tumor cells (depending on temperature and reaction time) or make cells more susceptible to accompanying radio- or chemotherapy. The results of a feasibility trial (phase I) on the treatment of brain tumors (glioblastoma multiforme) are presented.

Keywords: GLIOBLASTOMA; MAGNETIC NANOPARTICLES; THERMOTHERAPY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2007.011

Publication date: December 1, 2007

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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