How Do Targeted Drug Therapies Work?
Targeted Drug Therapies exploit the behaviour of cancer cells in order to destroy them or slow their growth.
These drugs not only slow the growth of the cancer cell, but they also spare the healthy cells to a greater extent to chemotherapy.
Although targeted drug therapy still offers some side effects, the treatment is given over a prolonged period of time to control the cancer. This type of therapy can use Traztuzumab to treat breast cancer and Erlotinib to treat lung cancer.
This type of treatment blocks the growth of new blood vessels, which are needed for cancer to grow. Bevacuzimab is used in antiagonic therapy to treat breast, bowel and ovarian cancers.
Immunotherapy uses drugs to stimulate the immune system, allowing it to fight the cancer. While research is still being done to find out which cancers may benefit from this treatment, it has shown to work well in kidney, prostate, and melanoma cancers.
This therapy involves joining a radioactive element to a drug so that it can enter the body either via the mouth or injection. The radiation then travels short distances to attack the cancer cells from within the body tissues. This therapy has been used to treat advanced prostate cancer.
A. Targeted drug therapy works by exploiting the behaviour of cancer cells to either slow their growth.
A. No, while it may work in a similar way to chemotherapy, it saves healthy cells to a much greater extent, meaning less severe side-effects.
A. Side effects vary based on the patient and the type of cancer being treated. Some side effects you could experience include skin problems, high blood pressure or problems with blood clotting. Your doctor will go through any side effects you could expect with you.
Cancers Targeted Drug Therapies can treat
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