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Advances in the Delivery of Cancer Therapeutics: A Comprehensive Review

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Background: The effects of various chemotherapeutic agents have been assessed for their capacity to inhibit the cell replication in variety of cancer cases. At present there are more than hundred chemotherapeutic agents capturing worth 42 billion dollar of drug market. The major obstacle in the successful treatment of cancer is the obnoxious side effects of chemotherapeutics and multi drug resistance, which deteriorates the quality of life of cancer patient.

Objective: This article attempts to summarize different novel chemotherapeutic delivery systems which aim to circumvent these unwanted effects.

Areas Covered: Outcomes of different tumor directed carrier systems have been discussed with special emphasis on nanocarriers systems, drug polymer conjugation, directly implantable matrices and others. In addition, combination therapy and immunotherapy are also discussed as a revolutionary alternative.

Conclusion: Even though significant contributions have been made in the development of carrier systems for the chemotherapeutic agents, merits and demerits of all the avenues should be critically examined. Potential of all novel strategies should be exploited by critically evaluating their strength, weakness, opportunities and threats. Further, clinical trials based on revised and critically scrutinized frameworks and protocols are needed so that the efficiency and safe action of these new systems can be guaranteed in cancer patients.
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Keywords: Chemotherapeutics; cancer; combination therapy; delivery system; immunotherapy; nanotechnology

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: January 1, 2018

This article was made available online on August 16, 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "Advances in the Delivery of Cancer Therapeutics: A Comprehensive Review".

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  • The aim of Current Drug Delivery is to publish peer-reviewed articles, short communications, short and in-depth reviews in the rapidly developing field of drug delivery. Modern drug research aims to build in delivery properties of a drug at the design phase, however in many cases this ideal cannot be met and the development of delivery systems becomes as important as the development as the drugs themselves.

    The journal aims to cover the latest outstanding developments in drug and vaccine delivery employing physical, physico-chemical and chemical methods. The drugs include a wide range of bioactive compounds from simple pharmaceuticals to peptides, proteins, nucleotides, nucleosides and sugars. The journal will also report progress in the fields of transport routes and mechanisms including efflux proteins and multi-drug resistance.

    The journal is essential for all pharmaceutical scientists involved in drug design, development and delivery.
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