The use of phthalocyanines in cancer therapy
- Conference date: 5–8 April 2011
- Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Phthalocyanines are synthetic analogues of porphyrins employed as photosensitizers in cancer therapy. We present the history of photodynamic therapy and developments in the use of phthalocyanines as photosensitizers. New efforts in the development of more cancer-specific phthalocyanines are presented. The combination of phthalocyanines with nanoparticles for "combination therapy" of cancer is also discussed. The nanoparticles employed are quantum dots, gold, and magnetic nanoparticles.
- Magnetic nanoparticles
- Photodynamic therapy
- Quantum dots
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