Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Nanotechnology has offered
intriguing potential to significantly improve the existing cancer diagnosis and treatment platforms. Recently, a variety of
nanomaterials have emerged as promising tools for cancer therapeutic applications due to their unique structural, optical,
magnetic, and electrical properties. The purpose of this review is to summarize the updated patents regarding the utility of
nanomaterials for cancer treatment. In particular, this review will discuss several representative nanostructures, ranging
from gold nanoparticles, polymeric nanoparticles, micelles and liposomes, magnetic nanoparticles, quantum dots and
carbon nanotubes, and their applications in targeted drug delivery, radiotherapy, hyperthermia, photodynamic therapy, and
Cancer therapy, drug delivery, gold nanostructures, MNPs, nanoparticles, nanotechnology.
Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, McLean Building Room 416, 1 Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA.