Nanoparticle Technologies for Cancer Therapy

  • Frank Alexis
  • Eric M. Pridgen
  • Robert Langer
  • Omid C. Farokhzad
Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 197)


Nanoparticles as drug delivery systems enable unique approaches for cancer treatment. Over the last two decades, a large number of nanoparticle delivery systems have been developed for cancer therapy, including organic and inorganic materials. Many liposomal, polymer–drug conjugates, and micellar formulations are part of the state of the art in the clinics, and an even greater number of nanoparticle platforms are currently in the preclinical stages of development. More recently developed nanoparticles are demonstrating the potential sophistication of these delivery systems by incorporating multifunctional capabilities and targeting strategies in an effort to increase the efficacy of these systems against the most difficult cancer challenges, including drug resistance and metastatic disease. In this chapter, we will review the available preclinical and clinical nanoparticle technology platforms and their impact for cancer therapy.


Nanoparticle Drug delivery Targeted Metastatic cancer Cancer therapy 



Blood–brain barrier






Egg yolk phosphatidylglycerol


Enhanced Permeability and Retention effect


Food and Drug Administration




Hydrogenated phosphatidylcholine from soybean lecithin




Maximum tolerated dose


National Cancer Institute


Near infrared

NSCL cancer

Non-small-cell lung cancer




Poly-dl-lactic acid




Polylactic acid


Phospholipase A2


Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)


Scanning electron microscope


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Alexis
  • Eric M. Pridgen
  • Robert Langer
  • Omid C. Farokhzad
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical School, Laboratory of Nanomedicine and BiomaterialsBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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