New physical approaches to treat cancer stem cells: a review

Abstract

Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been identified as the main center of tumor therapeutic resistance. They are highly resistant against current cancer therapy approaches particularly radiation therapy (RT). Recently, a wide spectrum of physical methods has been proposed to treat CSCs, including high energetic particles, hyperthermia (HT), nanoparticles (NPs) and combination of these approaches. In this review article, the importance and benefits of the physical CSCs therapy methods such as nanomaterial-based heat treatments and particle therapy will be highlighted.

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Ghaffari, H., Beik, J., Talebi, A. et al. New physical approaches to treat cancer stem cells: a review. Clin Transl Oncol 20, 1502–1521 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12094-018-1896-2

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  • Cancer stem cells
  • Radiation resistance
  • Particle beams
  • Nanoparticles
  • Hyperthermia