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Photodynamic Therapy

  • Takahiro Nomoto
  • Nobuhiro NishiyamaEmail author
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Abstract

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a minimally invasive method for the treatment of malignant tumors and other diseases. Although PDT is clinically used, the development of nanocarriers for the delivery of photosensitizers (PSs) is expected to improve the therapeutic efficacy and restrain the side effects such as skin phototoxicity. This chapter deals with the principle of PDT, the fundamental theory of tumor targeting, and the rational design of polymeric nanocarriers for the PS delivery.

Keywords

Photodynamic therapy Photosensitizer Polymeric micelle 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science, Institute of Innovative ResearchTokyo Institute of TechnologyMidori-Ku, YokohamaJapan

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