Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is one of the most lethal human malignancies. Over ninety-four percent of patients diagnosed with this disease succumb to this cancer. The high density of stromal tissue and aggressive propensity for early metastasis makes this a difficult malignant disease to treat. Nanotechnology holds a promise both for increasing the early diagnosis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and for providing improved therapeutic options. Nanomaterials as vectors to deliver cytotoxic agents, radioisotopes, antibodies, and other targeted therapies holds great promise in improving the outcome of patients diagnosed with pancreatic malignancy. This thematic series will focus on nanomaterials as diagnostic and therapeutic vectors. An emphasis will be placed on the interaction of nanotechnology, cancer biology, and physical science to improve our understanding of basic processes.
Edited by: Steven A. Curley (Christus Trinity Mother Frances, USA)
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