Soft Tissue Sarcoma Targeted Drug Therapy
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Targeted Drug Therapy for Soft Tissue Sarcoma
In addition to chemotherapy drugs, the soft tissue sarcoma experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) use a variety of targeted drugs for soft tissue sarcoma treatment. Considered the “next generation” of chemotherapy drugs, targeted drug therapy can more directly block the growth and spread of the specific type of sarcoma by preventing cancer cells from dividing, or by destroying them directly.
With the use of tumor molecular profiling, your doctors can assess which drugs may have more of an effect on your specific type of sarcoma tumor. Unlike standard chemotherapy drugs, which affect all cells in the body, targeted therapy drugs specifically block or kill cancer cells while sparing healthy cells, thus reducing side effects.
Targeted cancer therapies may be used alone, in combination with other targeted therapy treatments or with other soft tissue sarcoma treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery.
Pazopanib, also known as Votrient®, is one of the new targeted drug therapies approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating soft tissue sarcoma. Other targeted drug therapies that can be used to treat soft tissue sarcoma include imatinib, sunitinib and avastin.
There are a variety of clinical trials available to patients who have soft tissue sarcoma. Enrolling in a clinical trial may give you access to new targeted therapy options. Your doctor can provide information about ongoing studies that may be available to you.
Supportive Therapies for Soft Tissue Sarcoma Targeted Therapy
Throughout your soft tissue sarcoma targeted drug therapy, your care team will also provide various supportive therapies, such as nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine, image enhancement therapy and oncology rehabilitation, to help keep you strong and nourished, reduce side effects and to improve your quality of life.
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