Author(s): Zhou J, Atsina KB, Himes BT, Strohbehn GW, Saltzman WM
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Abstract Brain tumors--particularly glioblastoma multiforme--pose an important public health problem in the United States. Despite surgical and medical advances, the prognosis for patients with malignant gliomas remains grim: current therapy is insufficient with nearly universal recurrence. A major reason for this failure is the difficulty of delivering therapeutic agents to the brain: better delivery approaches are needed to improve treatment. In this article, we summarize recent progress in drug delivery to the brain, with an emphasis on convection-enhanced delivery of nanocarriers. We examine the potential of new delivery methods to permit novel drug- and gene-based therapies that target brain cancer stem cells and discuss the use of nanomaterials for imaging of tumors and drug delivery.
This article was published in Cancer J
and referenced in Journal of Genetic Syndromes & Gene Therapy