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Targeted therapy for oral cancer


Targeted therapy for oral cancer

One potential target in oral cancer is the epidermal growth factor receptor, or EGFR. Studies have shown that many oral cancer cells contain too many copies of EGFR. This excess allows the cancer cells to grow faster and to become resistant to radiation and/or chemotherapy. Treating oral cancer with a drug that targets EGFR may help kill cancer cells without harming normal tissues.

Your oncologist may suggest using an EGFR-targeted drug in combination with chemotherapy or radiation therapy to treat oral cancer. If cancer has stopped responding to radiation and chemotherapy, then oral cancer targeted drug therapy may be used on its own to help control the disease.