Pancreatic Cancer and Drugs
Certain pharmaceutical drugs, such as erlotinib, can “target” cancer cells to block their growth. Usually, targeted drug therapy is used in combination with chemotherapy. Different target drugs are currently under study in research trials. These include vaccines, and angiogenesis inhibitors that prevent cancer from growing new blood cells.
Usually, targeted drugs are applied in clinical trials with participants in the latter stages of pancreatic cancer.
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A.P. John Institute for Cancer Research. 2009. “Pancreatic Cancer.” (Online) http://www.apjohncancerinstitute.org/cancer/pancreatic.htm