Breast Cancer Targeted Drug Therapy
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Targeted Drug Therapy for Breast Cancer
In addition to chemotherapy drugs, the breast cancer experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) use a variety of targeted drugs to fight breast cancer. Targeted drug therapy uses drugs that interfere with specific molecules involved in tumor growth to block the growth and spread of the disease.
Biological response modifiers, such as Herceptin, are drugs that bind with specific proteins on breast cancer cells to prevent their growth. Your CTCA care team may recommend this form of breast cancer targeted therapy to treat tumors that produce too much of, or overexpress, a protein called HER2. If laboratory testing reveals the HER2 gene in the cancer cells, the medications can help shut down the HER2 gene, thus cutting the cancer cells off from their energy supply.
Your CTCA care team will likely combine breast cancer targeted drug therapy with other treatments, such as chemotherapy, to help control cancer that has spread or to prevent breast cancer recurrence.
Supportive Therapies for Breast Cancer
Throughout your targeted drug therapy, your care team will also provide various complementary therapies, such as nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine and oncology rehabilitation to help keep you strong, reduce side effects and improve your quality of your life.
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