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Nanomedicine for targeted photothermal cancer therapy: where are we now?


Thermal treatment (or hyperthermia) of tumors has a long history, dating back to the 19th century, when a partial tumor regression was observed in patients with a fever. Through great efforts in developing technology for controlled and localized heating, as well as better understanding of the mechanisms behind temperature-induced cell killing, modern thermal treatment has proven to be effective alone or when combined with other cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy [1].

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