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Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis by Kim Thiboldeaux, Mitch Golant, Mehmet Oz

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Chapter 6

New Frontiers in Treatment

SURGERY, CHEMOTHERAPY, and radiation remain the standard ways to treat cancer, but we look forward to the day when cancer treatment can be tailored to each individual—and a day when the word “cure” is more a part of our vocabulary. While cancer treatment is not yet at that point, scientists have made great advances in medical research, bringing us much closer to the goal of personalizing medicine.

Over the past decade, great advances have been made in understanding the differences between cancer cells and normal cells. Because of this, researchers have been able to make remarkable progress in

•developing drugs that can target cancer cells without affecting healthy cells, often called targeted therapies;

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