Traditional chinese medicine-combination therapies utilizing nanotechnology-based targeted delivery systems: A new strategy for antitumor treatment

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Abstract

Cancer is a major public health problem, and is now the world’s leading cause of death. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)-combination therapy is a new treatment approach and a vital therapeutic strategy for cancer, as it exhibits promising antitumor potential. Nanotargeted drug-delivery systems have remarkable advantages and allow the development of TCM-combination therapies by systematically controlling drug release and delivering drugs to solid tumors. In this review, the anticancer activity of TCM compounds is introduced. The combined use of TCM for antitumor treatment is analyzed and summarized. These combination therapies, using a single nanocarrier system, namely codelivery, are analyzed, issues that require attention are determined, and future perspectives are identified. We carried out a systematic review of >280 studies published in PubMed since 1985 (no patents involved), in order to provide a few basic considerations in terms of the design principles and management of targeted nanotechnology-based TCM-combination therapies.

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Ma, Z., Fan, Y., Wu, Y., Kebebe, D., Zhang, B., Lu, P., … Liu, Z. (2019). Traditional chinese medicine-combination therapies utilizing nanotechnology-based targeted delivery systems: A new strategy for antitumor treatment. International Journal of Nanomedicine. Dove Medical Press Ltd. https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S197889

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