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The NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer is committed to increasing the knowledge and understanding of how nanotechnology can be used to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment. The following resources provide an overview of the science of nanotechnology and explain how it can be leveraged to improve cancer research and clinical care.

Video Journey Into Nanotechnology
Take a Video Journey Into Nanotechnology to see how this discipline is revolutionizing the way we conduct cancer research through unique approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

See how nanowires, cantilevers, and nanoshells are enabling cancer detection and targeted drug delivery.

Cancer Nanotechnology Podcasts
Listen to a series of podcasts discussing the progress of cancer nanotechnology research since the launch of the Alliance, as well as the application of these findings in the fight against cancer.

Play an online game, developed by The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research At MIT, that allows bioengineers and the general public to design new nanoparticle strategies towards the treatment of cancer.

“Going Small for Big Advances”
Read the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer brochure to learn about NCI’s nanotechnology program and the revolutionary way nanotechnologies can help us better detect, diagnose, and treat cancer.

"Big Things from a Tiny World"
Read the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)’s brochure geared to non-scientific audiences to get a better understanding of the complex world of nanotechnology and its many applications and products.

When Things Get Small (Nano Fun on TV)
Go on a quest to create the smallest magnet ever known with host Adam Smith and physicist Ivan Schuller. This Emmy award-winning video, produced by UCSD-TV, makes learning about nanoscience easy and fun.

Nantional Nanotechnology Initiative Nano 101
Visit the National Nanotechnology Initiative's Nano 101 to learn what nanotechnology is, how it works, and how it is being used across many different scientific disciplines.

Nanotechnology at NIH: Basic Concepts, Current Research, and Medical Applications
Watch the video of a Nanotechnology Symposium presented during NanoWeek 2009, which offers an introduction to nanotechnology—what it is, what it isn’t, and how it impacts medicine with examples of major programs supported by NIH.

What is Nanoscale?
View an animation that illustrates the size of nanoparticles in relation to everyday objects, like a tennis ball and strand of human hair.

Podcast: Developing Nanoparticles to Image, Target and Treat Cancer
Listen to Samuel Wickline, M.D., director of the Siteman Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence, discuss his team's research into using nanoparticles to fight cancer. Their research, focused on using the complicated microscopic particles to find and attack tumors before they're large enough to be harmful, has led to a clinical trial to study the futuristic-sounding technology in humans.

Gold Nanoparticles for Improving Cancer Detection
View an animation that shows how gold nanoparticles can improve cancer detection by attaching to cancer cells, making them more visible.