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Journal of Drug Delivery
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 837327, 10 pages
Review Article

Carbon Nanotubes in Cancer Therapy and Drug Delivery

1Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering, School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK
2Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering, School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK
3Mathematics and Sciences Unit, College of Art and Applied Sciences, Dhofar University, P.O. Box 2509, 211 Salalah, Oman
4Department of Physics, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX, UK

Received 13 June 2011; Accepted 9 August 2011

Academic Editor: Rassoul Dinarvand

Copyright © 2012 Abdelbary M. A. Elhissi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been introduced recently as a novel carrier system for both small and large therapeutic molecules. CNTs can be functionalized (i.e., surface engineered) with certain functional groups in order to manipulate their physical or biological properties. In addition to the ability of CNTs to act as carriers for a wide range of therapeutic molecules, their large surface area and possibility to manipulate their surfaces and physical dimensions have been exploited for use in the photothermal destruction of cancer cells. This paper paper will discuss the therapeutic applications of CNTs with a major focus on their applications for the treatment of cancer.