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Principles Underpinning the Treatment of Cancer with Drugs

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Author(s): Faith J Dalgaty

Journal: Scottish Universities Medical Journal
ISSN 2049-8454

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 47;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: oncology |  chemotherapy 

ABSTRACT
There are many approaches to the treatment of cancer including radiological, surgical, the use of pharmaceuticals and various combinations of the above. The treatment of cancer is also continually changing with the arrival of new scientific discoveries. Currently the choice of treatment and management is individualised depending on cancer/tumour type, disease staging and treatment aims, such as intent for palliation or cure.There are various types of pharmaceuticals used in the treatment of cancer; these include chemotherapy agents and specific targeted treatments of cancer including monoclonal antibodies and tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Here we explore the rationale behind the treatment of cancer with drugs, by discussing the principles of chemotherapy and the use of targeted treatments in haematological and breast malignancies.
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