What are the advanced or targeted treatment options for lung cancer?

Targeted therapy is the kind of therapy that targets cancer cells alone and is very different from chemotherapy. Targeted treatment works by target specific genes or proteins to stop the lung cancer cells from growing or multiplying. Doctors often used targeted treatments with chemotherapy and other treatments.

What are the objectives of targeted treatment?

Cancer starts when genes in a healthy cell change and this known as a gene mutation. In targeted therapy, drugs are used to block proteins which help in cell division or cell growth and ultimately killing cancer cells. The drugs used in targeted therapy can do the following

  • Destroy cancer cells
  • Keep the cells from living longer than normal
  • Block or turn of signals that tell cancer cells to grow and divide

Types of targeted treatments for lung cancer

There are two main types of targeted treatment

Monoclonal Antibodies

Drugs known as monoclonal antibodies are drugs that target the outside of a cancer cell or sometimes target the area around the cancer cells. They also sometimes work by sending toxic substances to the cancer cells. This kind of treatment can sometimes also help patients who have finished chemotherapy and radiation. The drugs used here are often administered intravenously. They are known as Anti- Angiogenesis inhibitors. Anti- Angiogenesis inhibitors are drugs that keep the tissue around the tumor from growing by stopping blood supply

The most common monoclonal antibodies are:

  • Ramucirumab
  • Bevacizumab

Small molecule drugs

Small molecule drugs are known to block the process that help cancer cells grow and multiply. These drugs are usually pills that can be taken orally.

The most common anti angiogenesis drugs are:


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