Evolving role of biomaterials in diagnostic and therapeutic radiation oncology

Siyu Shi, Ravi Vissapragada, Joseph Abi Jaoude, Caroline Huang, Anmol Mittal, Elisa Liu, Jim Zhong, Vivek Kumar

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Radiation therapy to treat cancer has evolved significantly since the discovery of x-rays. Yet, radiation therapy still has room for improvement in reducing side effects and improving control of cancer. Safer and more effective delivery of radiation has led us to novel techniques and use of biomaterials. Biomaterials in combination with radiation and chemotherapy have started to appear in pre-clinical explorations and clinical applications, with many more on the horizon. Biomaterials have revolutionized the field of diagnostic imaging, and now are being cultivated into the field of theranostics, combination therapy, and tissue protection. This review summarizes recent development of biomaterials in radiation therapy in several application areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-240
Number of pages8
JournalBioactive Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


  • Biomaterials
  • Nanoparticles
  • Radiation therapy
  • Self-assembly
  • Theranostics


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