Jan 15, 2012

The big trends in medical treatments for cancer

Medications are the mainstay of treatment for those cancers that by their nature or because they have spread, cannot be removed surgically or eliminated with radiation.  Medical treatments are also often added to surgery or radiation to kill the few cancer cells that may have escaped and reduce the chance of cancer coming back.  The broad trends that are driving research into new medications for cancer include:
·        New chemotherapy drugs and combinations of drugs
·        New ways to manipulate the hormones that drive certain cancers (primarily breast and prostate cancer)
·        More specific and targeted therapies that are sometimes referred to as “smart bombs.”  These types of treatments are designed to attack very specific mechanisms that drive cancer growth and spread.  A variety of technologies make targeted therapy possible.  Some are artificial antibodies, synthetic small chemical molecules, and gene-directed therapies
·        Harnessing the immune system to fight cancer
·        All cancer therapy is likely to become more personalized (individualized) with treatments selected to match each person’s unique cancer.  


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  2. I am excited and grateful for this blog to begin! Offering text and a forum for those struggling with a cancer dx. is balm for the weary mind and soul. We are all touched by cancer in some way. Our culture does little to help with the terror that strikes the hearts of those who struggle with challenging illness. This blog, and book to come, are a welcome force; astute information presented in an unintimidating and empathic manner. I look forward to being a part of this venture!

  3. Dr Beer , I am so glad that you will be making information available in this way.
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  5. Dr Beer , I was able to subscribe and I look forward to being educated about new Cancer therapies and about clinical trial.
    Thank You for making this information available, after a M1b dx with high gs and psa in 2006 I have been stable for a long time with various HT , most notably 4 years with TDE following the protocol from your paper.I may be looking for clinical trials in the future, and I like to know what is out there.

  6. Welcome Dan. Glad to have you in our online community