cancer, a type of treatment that uses drugs or other substances to target
specific molecules involved in the growth and spread of cancer cells.
Blocking these molecules may kill cancer cells or may keep cancer cells from
growing or spreading. Molecularly targeted therapy may cause less harm to
normal cells and may have fewer side effects than other types of cancer
are 2 main types of targeted therapy:
antibodies. Drugs called
gmonoclonal antibodiesh (the drug name ending with –mab) block a
specific target on the outside of cancer cells. Or the target might be
in the area around the cancer. We cannot expect much efficacy. You
usually get these drugs intravenously (IV).
drugs. Drugs called
gsmall-molecule drugsh can block the process that helps
cancer cells multiply and spread. These drugs are usually taken as
inhibitors are an example of this type of targeted therapy.
These drugs keep tissue around the tumor from making blood vessels.
Angiogenesis is the name for making new blood vessels. A tumor needs blood
vessels to bring it nutrients. The nutrients help it grow and spread.
Anti-angiogenesis therapies starve the tumor by keeping new blood
vessels from developing. I recommend thalidomide with multiple actions.