Nab-paclitaxel: A flattering facelift Review uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Albumins
  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Neoplasms
  • Paclitaxel


  • The application of nanotechnology in oncology has increased the efficacy and efficiency of some cytotoxic agents. The paradigm in this field is nab-paclitaxel, a soluble form of paclitaxel that is linked to albumin nanoparticles. The development of nanotechnology as a delivery system for paclitaxel has provided better pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic characteristics, neutralizing its hydrophobicity. This procedure significantly improves the treatment of metastatic breast cancer compared to conventional paclitaxel-based therapies, including other type of cancers such as metastatic pancreatic cancer, stage IIIB-IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and metastatic melanoma. In these last cases, significant differences were found in primary end-points for patients treated with nab-paclitaxel-based chemotherapy compared to those treated with conventional treatments. The application of nanotechnology in cancer treatment may also improve the efficacy of other known drugs, as a result of improved pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles, similarly to paclitaxel.

publication date

  • January 2014



  • Review



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2014.06.001

PubMed ID

  • 25048167

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 166

end page

  • 80


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