Nanomaterials will potentially play an important role in cancer treatment and diagnosis. In recent years, researchers have developed targeted and biocompatible nanoparticles loaded with bioactives for cancer imaging applications. The rapid diagnosis and treatment using specific nano-based delivery system could contribute to the implementation of an early and targeted treatment of cancer in an initial stage of disease. Moreover, nanocarriers have significantly improved the therapeutic regimens, by increasing bioactive bioavailability, target site specificity, patient compliance, and cost-effectiveness, by assuring the sustained and controlled release, and by reducing the toxicity and side effects. Different bioactives isolated from plants interfere with specific stages of carcinogenesis. This chapter presents the novel and important directions concerning the application of bioactives from plants through nanotechnology for the improvement of diagnosis and drug delivery, with a particular focus on cancer therapy.
|Title of host publication||Food Bioactives: Extraction and Biotechnology Applications|
|Subtitle of host publication||Extraction and Biotechnology Applications|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|