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This 3D medical animation about targeted cancer cell therapy depicts normal cell division, apoptosis, tumor cell formation, tumor development, and angiogenesis of a tumor.
The medical oncologists of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland work with a multidisciplinary team to assess whether or not a cancer patient is a good candidate for targeted therapies.
Targeted therapies is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to block the growth and spread of cancer cells by interrupting and targeting certain molecules needed in the tumor to grow. Targeted therapies are sometimes used alone or in combination with other cancer treatments like chemotherapy, and are less harmful to normal cells.
Currently, many types of targeted therapies are used to treat cancer. The two most common types of targeted therapies are antibody drugs and small-molecule drugs. Antibody drugs target the outside of the cancer cell or the surface of the cell. Small molecule drugs usually target the inside of the cancer cell.
Targeted therapies work by blocking or disrupting the cancer cell process from growing and progressing. Cancer cells go through a process called carcinogenesis or the transformation of normal cells into cancer cells. This process is followed by the cancer cells growing into tumors throughout the body.
The drugs used in targeted therapy block specific parts of the cell that the cancer needs to develop and keep spreading. The drugs used in targeted therapy often have less severe side effects than traditional chemotherapy and are less harmful to non-cancerous cells.
Targeted therapies can be delivered in a variety of settings, including: at home, the doctor’s office, in a clinic, the outpatient department in a hospital and in a hospital. Your treatments may be given daily, weekly or monthly.
The most familiar way to administer targeted therapies is in a pill form or intravenously (IV). The IV can be given in three ways:
Several issues will determine the length of the targeted therapy treatment:
The most common side effects from targeted therapy drugs include:
Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, provides diagnosis and treatment for a broad range of cancers including leukemia and lymphoma, neuroendocrine tumors, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, gynecologic cancers, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Drs. David Riseberg, Sandy Kotiah, Richard Huslig, Peter Ledakis and Vinod Varki offer expertise in cancer treatment through chemicals, biological products and immunotherapy, including chemotherapy, chemoembolization, biological and endocrine therapies and radiofrequency abalation.
Medical Oncology and Hematology is part of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center.
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