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Molecular Therapy Offers New Hope

Times of India
8 March 2010
Lucknow, India

If detected in time, breast cancer may be treated with the standard therapies of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. But while all of these methods treat the cancer, they affect healthy tissue as well. New molecular therapeutics commonly known as molecular therapies have opened a new ray of hope in this context.

This was highlighted by Dr DC Doval from Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, New Delhi at the annual conference of the Breast Cancer Foundation Of India (BCFI) organised by department of radiotherapy, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU) in the state capital here on Sunday.

He informed that targeted therapy includes those treatments aimed at specific processes of cancer cell growth, division and life cycle (or, in some cases, the blood vessels nourishing a tumour).

Targeted therapies for breast cancer include Avastin, Herceptin, Iressa, and Tykerb. These drugs have specific effects on cancer cells. “Targeted cancer therapies focus on specific molecules that influence the growth and spread of cancer cells. These drugs can be used alone, but are usually combined with chemotherapy to more effectively block growth signals to cancer cells. Targeted therapies do their work on specific cancer cells, and are less likely than chemotherapy to affect healthy tissues,” he said.

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