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Targeted Therapies: Growth Factors, Growth Factor Inhibitors and Monoclonal Antibody Therapy

Growth Factors
Low red blood cells and low white blood cells are often results of cancer or its treatment. Growth factors are given to help stimulate production of new bone marrow. This helps the body recover more quickly and replace healthy cells that may have been damaged.

Akron General offers a comfortable and convenient setting for outpatient treatment. Located on the first floor of the Physicians' Office Building on W. Exchange Street, patients are able to relax at the outpatient treatment center with their family members while waiting for treatment.

Growth Factor Inhibitors
For patients with some types of cancer, such as chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and multiple myeloma, medications that inhibit the growth of cancer cells are sometimes an option.

Bisphophonate therapy is often helpful in slowing the growth of cancer in bone and treating hypercalcemia, a disorder associated with cancer.

Monoclonal Protein Therapies/Biological Response Modifiers
New types of therapy are now available to combat cancer by using monoclonal proteins to reduce blood vessel formation by tumors, induce cell death and suppress specific cell types. These may be used in combination with standard chemotherapy. New forms of therapy are being developed rapidly. Numerous types targeted therapies are available at the McDowell Cancer Institute.

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For information about Akron General's McDowell Cancer Institute, our services and programs, call 330-344-HOPE (4763).

 Date Updated: 24-JAN-2014

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