Researchers are learning more about what makes lung cancer cells grow and spread. Every cell in the body has the same library of genes that act as the blueprints for everything else that makes up a cell and makes it work. In cancer cells, damage to these genes (mutations) are responsible for the cells becoming cancerous and growing out of control. Some of these mutations create proteins in cells that act like a stuck gas pedal in your car to make it drive out of control. These mutant proteins in cancer cells are good “targets” for new drugs, because the targeted therapies can attack the cancer cells while sparing normal cells. Erlotinib (ie: Tarceva) is one example of a drug that targets the mutated proteins that are “stuck on” only in cancer cells.
Targeted Therapies – Questions with Answers by Our Experts
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