Targeted Drug Therapies

Targeted Drug

Therapies

Targeted Drug Therapies exploit the behaviour

of cancer cells in order to destroy them or slow

their growth.

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.

Antiagonic Therapy

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

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.

Radioisotope Therapy

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.

FAQ

Q. How does it work?
Q. Is this the same as chemotherapy?
Q. What side effects can I expect?

Cancers Targeted Drug Therapies can treat

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