Cervical Cancer Targeted Drug Therapy
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Learn how our cancer experts target drug treatment to treat cervical cancer cells with less damage to healthy tissues.
Targeted Drug Therapy for Cervical Cancer
In addition to chemotherapy, the experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) may use targeted drug therapy for cervical cancer patients. This form of treatment uses specific drugs to block the growth and spread of cancer by preventing cancer cells from dividing or destroying them directly.
Unlike chemotherapy, which affects all cells in the body, cancer drug therapy blocks or kills cancer cells and spares more healthy cells, reducing side effects and improving your quality of life.
Targeted drugs used at CTCA for the treatment of some cervical cancers are Avastin® (bevacizumab) in combination with standard Platinol® (cisplatin) chemotherapy treatment of advanced cervical cancer.
The targeted drug therapy is given intravenously and targets a protein that fuels the production of new blood vessels in tumor cells. One of the ways that cancer cells grow and spread is by creating new blood vessels, called angiogenesis. Patients who have this cancer mechanism are more likely to respond to cancer drug therapy.
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