Topic: What are Monoclonal antibodies

Deliver powerful drugs directly to cancer cells. Some monoclonal antibodies carry other cancer drugs directly to cancer cells. Once the monoclonal antibody attaches to the cancer cell, the cancer treatment it is carrying enters the cancer cell, causing the cell to die without damaging other healthy cells. Gemtuzumab (Mylotarg), a treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), is one example.

Monoclonal antibodies are also classified as a type of targeted treatment (a treatment that targets faulty genes or proteins that contribute to cancer growth and development). Read more about targeted treatments. Here are some other monoclonal antibodies approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) used to treat cancer:

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Re: What are Monoclonal antibodies

When I started chemo, my  oncologist said that the team was decided between Bevacizumab (Avastin), Cetuximab (Erbitux), and Panitumumab (Vectibix) to add to the cocktail. It has been long ago, but I remember her saying something about KRAS marker to determine which one. My tissue sample was lost, so they started me with Avastin which didnt help. They are no considering adding Erbitux but are waiting to see how I respond without it. I am not sure where Panitumumab fits in. I will see if I can get some more answers when I meet her again. No promises as my memory is kapoot now and writing a note is just one more thing for me to loose. smile

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

3 (edited by _pisees_ Wed, 04 May 2011 12:16:36)

Re: What are Monoclonal antibodies

@devoncat have you continued with targeted therapies? Any helping more than Avastin?

Re: What are Monoclonal antibodies

pisees.....This site contains many postings including, those from several years ago and from members no longer with us as it is in our Kris' case.  Our hearts break with everyone lost therefore, the postings mean everything to us.  And, they are here to stay.   
Please, accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused by not clearly identifying those not able to answer any requests.   We are trying to resolve this painful issue and always are open to suggestions from anyone.     

All my best wishes,
Marion

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Re: What are Monoclonal antibodies

Thank you Marion. My heart goes out to Kris and his family and loved ones.