Nanomedicine approaches to improve cancer immunotherapy

Hui Qiu, Yuanzeng Min, Zach Rodgers, Longzhen Zhang, Andrew Z. Wang

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Significant advances have been made in the field of cancer immunotherapy by orchestrating the body's immune system to eradicate cancer cells. However, safety and efficacy concerns stemming from the systemic delivery of immunomodulatory compounds limits cancer immunotherapies expansion and application. In this context, nanotechnology presents a number of advantages, such as targeted delivery to immune cells, enhanced clinical outcomes, and reduced adverse events, which may aid in the delivery of cancer vaccines and immunomodulatory agents. With this in mind, a diverse range of nanomaterials with different physicochemical characteristics have been developed to stimulate the immune system and battle cancer. In this review, we will focus on some recent developments and the potential advantages of utilizing nanotechnology within the field of cancer immunotherapy. WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol 2017, 9:e1456. doi: 10.1002/wnan.1456. For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere1456
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomedical Engineering


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