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What is antibody therapy for cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Targeted Rx

Some tumor cells have markers on their surface and are susceptible to damage by antibodies directed at that marker(s).
In some lymphomas antibodies directed at markers present on normal cells are also effective. Usually these are monoclonal antibodies that have been specifically designed for use in humans.

In brief: Targeted Rx

Some tumor cells have markers on their surface and are susceptible to damage by antibodies directed at that marker(s).
In some lymphomas antibodies directed at markers present on normal cells are also effective. Usually these are monoclonal antibodies that have been specifically designed for use in humans.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Good targets

Cancer cells "look" different than normal cells; in other words, they display different proteins on their outside compared to normal cells.
Antibodies latch onto proteins and can prevent those proteins from functioning, or they can attract the immune system to kill those cancer cells. So that's a quick overview of how antibody therapy can be used to treat cancer.

In brief: Good targets

Cancer cells "look" different than normal cells; in other words, they display different proteins on their outside compared to normal cells.
Antibodies latch onto proteins and can prevent those proteins from functioning, or they can attract the immune system to kill those cancer cells. So that's a quick overview of how antibody therapy can be used to treat cancer.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Dr. Robert Warner
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A great tool

Monoclonal antibodies are anticancer agents designed to bind to a unique protein (the antigen) on cancer cells.
Ideally, this antigen is found only on the cancer cells, so our therapy is able to target the cancer cells while causing minimal harm, hence side effects, to normal tissues.

In brief: A great tool

Monoclonal antibodies are anticancer agents designed to bind to a unique protein (the antigen) on cancer cells.
Ideally, this antigen is found only on the cancer cells, so our therapy is able to target the cancer cells while causing minimal harm, hence side effects, to normal tissues.
Dr. Robert Warner
Dr. Robert Warner
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