Biocompatible nanocarriers for enhanced cancer photodynamic therapy applications

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In recent years, the role of nanotechnology in drug delivery has become increasingly important, and this field of research holds many potential benefits for cancer treatment, particularly, in achieving cancer cell targeting and reducing the side effects of anticancer drugs. Biocompatible and biodegradable properties have been essential for using a novel material as a carrier molecule in drug delivery applications. Biocompatible nanocarriers are easy to synthesize, and their surface chemistry often enables them to load different types of photosensitizers (PS) to use targeted photodynamic therapy (PDT) for cancer treatment. This review article explores recent studies on the use of different biocompatible nanocarriers, their potential applications in PDT, including PS-loaded biocompatible nanocarriers, and the effective targeting therapy of PS-loaded biocompatible nanocarriers in PDT for cancer treatment. Furthermore, the review briefly recaps the global clinical trials of PDT and its applications in cancer treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1933
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • Biocompatible
  • Cancer
  • Nanocarriers
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Photosensitizers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science


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