New Treatments for Breast Cancer
These advances in treating breast cancer aren't on the horizon. They're here, right now.
By Gina Shaw
Reviewed By Charlotte Grayson
While some promising new treatments for a href="/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=298">breast cancer are years away from regular treatment regimens, others are on the market or just around the corner.
Still on the horizon for treating breast cancer are anti-angiogenesis drugs. They block the formation of new blood vessels that feed tumors and help them grow. These drugs have shown promise in treating colon cancer and are now being studied in patients with advanced breast cancer. But it may be some time before these drugs have been studied enough to make the leap to treating early-stage breast cancer.
Even so, new breast cancer treatments are available now. Over the past year, doctors have learned a lot more about many targeted therapies that very soon may be helping millions of women live longer and healthier lives after learning they have breast cancer.
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