Nano-platforms are platforms comprised of nano-materials structured in a way to facilitate a desired function. In the case of the joint efforts of NIKEN Institute in Japan and UCLA they have developed a nano-platform that will capture circulating tumor cells and then release them at a lower temperature. Circulating tumor cells are cells that are floating around in the blood have not colonized with other tumor cells in any vital organs. By releasing these cells they are able to study them further to get a better answer as to cancer development.
The case with the nano-platforms is that the platform is comprised of tiny nano-brushes that stick to the tumor cells at 37 degrees Celsius. But, at 4 degrees Celsius, they release them.
The entire article can be found here and is just another example of nano-technology’s impact on cancer treatments.