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Drug Delivery in Oncology: From Basic Research to Cancer Therapy

Felix Kratz, PhD

Head of the Division of Macromolecular Prodrugs
Tumor Biology Center
Freiburg, Germany


Drug Delivery in Oncology: From Basic Research to Cancer Therapy

Editors: Felix Kratz, Peter Senter, Henning Steinhagen.


Dr Kratz, editor of Drug Delivery in Oncology: From Basic Research to Cancer Therapy, gives an overview of their very informative book for the clinician audience. How to effectively target tumors remains a critical challenge in cancer treatment; the sensitivity and specificity of available agents can be negatively affected. Dr Kratz describes how, with increasing information provided by initiatives such as the Human Genome Project, targeted therapeutics became more popular in cancer therapy, but yielded few clear improvements in patient care; this has led to his interest in pursuing advances in how to target established drugs to tumors to enhance their effectiveness. This provides the clinician and basic research scientist alike with an beautifully-illustrated handbook and guide to chemotherapy in the 21st Century. In the full interview, linked below, Dr Kratz discusses where the field of drug delivery in oncology has made advances in the last ten years, and which therapeutic approaches may have promise for the next generations of anti-tumor agents, including nucleic acid and antibody-based approaches.


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