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Chemotherapy - How Does It Work?

12/25/2014 | By: Origin: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

More than half of oncological patients receive chemotherapy. So how does it work?

There are in excess of one hundred drugs used for chemotherapy treatments, some administered as monotherapy while others are given in various combinations. The mechanism of most of these drugs is one which attacks the DNA of cancer cells, effectively preventing them from dividing and multiplying.
 
Methotrexate for example, is a drug used for treatment of breast, blood and head & neck cancer, which attacks specific enzymes that cancer cells need to produce new DNA.
 
Other drugs directly assault the cancer DNA leading to its destruction. This mechanism is responsible for the adverse side effects associated with chemotherapy. Chemotherapy drugs are programed to attack rapidly multiplying cells, healthy or otherwise, which commonly leads to hair loss, skin damage and harm of to the digestive system. 
 
Given these side effects, new drugs have been developed with the ability to differentiate between cancerous and healthy cells. Targeting cancer cells without damaging healthy cell reproduction would considerably minimize the adverse events related to chemotherapy. Drugs falling under this category include Gleevec which is used for various types of leukemia as well as Geftinib and Erlotinib for lung cancer.  
 
Alongside chemotherapy, patients will often receive a relatively new form of treatment called monoclonal antibodies. Antibodies are a part of the immune system which identifies and marks diseased cells enabling them to be targeted by the system. This treatment works in a similar way, binding to the cancer antigens in order to facilitate an immune response. Drugs that work in this way are Herceptin, commonly used for breast cancer and Rituxan which is employed for lymphoma.
 
Immunotherapy is yet another form of oncological treatment which is considered to represent the cutting edge of therapeutic development. These drugs differ from conventional chemotherapy in that they target the immune system itself, strengthening its cells and assisting it in bypassing the cancer’s defenses. So far this treatment modality has proven effective for melanoma with its application in other kinds of cancer currently being investigated.   
 

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