Many cancer research programs believe that the utilization of nanotechnology will alter the entire process of cancer diagnosis, prevention, and even treatment.
New nano-devices are currently being developed with hopes of providing an efficient means of detecting and identifying cancer at its earliest stages, locating it directly within the body, and delivering medications to specific malignant cells. The technology will also be able to monitor the process, and record information regarding the effectiveness of anti-cancer drugs.
As they are developed, these nanodevices are tested in clinical trials. Researchers hope that the technology will transform this entire field of medicine, as well serve as multi-purpose tools for both diagnosis and therapy.