For people with cancer, there are targeted drugs that can be used in addition to surgical treatment methods.
Targeted drugs refer to drugs that have been given the ability to be targeted. These drugs, when entered into the human body, can make the drug or carrier, more precisely target some specific parts of the lesion, and release some active ingredients at the target site.
These drugs have a very high local concentration, which enhances the effect of the drug and achieves a therapeutic effect. However, not all cancers are suitable for targeted drugs, so many people want to know what kind of cancers can be treated with targeted drugs.
What kind of cancers are targeted drugs suitable for treating?
I. New targeted therapeutic drugs avoid harming normal cells
Theoretically, all cancers can be treated with targeted drugs.
When traditional drugs are used for cancer treatment, while the drugs kill the cancer cells, they also damage or kill some very normal cell tissues, thus leading to a rapid decline in the patient's body mass in a short period of time, so there is a situation that cancer patients die faster after receiving drug treatment.
Therefore, in recent years, after various clinical studies, some targeted therapeutic drugs have been chosen for the treatment of cancer. These drugs are able to identify some cancer cells in the body very accurately and release a large amount of drug effect on these cancer cells.
It has the advantages of low toxicity, high efficiency and accuracy, which can enhance the efficacy of killing cancer cells and avoid or reduce the damage to some normal cell tissues.
II. Only for cancers with corresponding targets in the lesion
There are more types of targeted drugs, for example, the most common ones are trastuzumab, cetuximab, sunitinib rituximab, and sorafenib, gefitinib, etc. However, not all cancer patients can be treated with targeted drugs, and these drugs are only suitable for cancers with corresponding targets.
For example, in the case of breast cancer, the targeted drug is usually Herceptin. Then people who must have Herceptin receptors on their lesions can be treated with this type of drug. However, in general, stomach cancer, intestinal cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, leukemia, and nasopharyngeal cancer, can be treated with targeted drugs.
In addition, when using targeted drugs for treatment, if some things are not done properly, the targeted drugs will not achieve the therapeutic effect.
What are the precautions for targeted drugs?
First, always monitor the condition
Throughout the process of treatment with targeted drugs, some patients may still experience some discomfort, such as shortness of breath or tingling in the hands and feet.
Therefore, patients must always monitor their condition while undergoing treatment. If there are some more obvious reactions, the doctor must be informed quickly. The doctor will redetermine the dosage as well as the method of use according to the patient's actual condition.
Second, do a good job of daily care
Along with targeted therapy, patients must get enough sleep and take care of their own mind. Do not eat any stimulating food or drink stimulating beverages. Patients can get out of bed and exercise as much as they are able to, and they should hydrate appropriately.
In conclusion, for cancer patients, the use of conventional drugs to treat cancer kills some good cell tissues, thus causing the patient to experience an earlier time of death after treatment.
Targeted drug therapy, on the other hand, has low toxicity, high efficiency, and accuracy. Generally speaking, lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, liver cancer and breast cancer are suitable for targeted drug therapy, however, targeted drugs are only suitable for cancers with corresponding targets.
Moreover, when using targeted drug therapy, it is important to keep the above 2 points in mind in order to make the drug effective and achieve the therapeutic effect.