About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Chemotherapy –Future Thoughts

Last Updated on Apr 12, 2019
Font : A-A+

Chemotherapy – Future Thoughts

In future, targeted chemotherapy is being developed with an intent to cure the cancer as in testicular tumors, Hodgkins, non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and certain types of leukemia.

Advertisement

Chemotherapy agents have also found use in the treatment of non-cancer conditions like transplant rejections and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Research has helped to discover many more drugs to treat cancer. Several of these drugs, that have been researched and tested, have entered the fray. Treatment is far more focused and effective than it has ever has been but the basic principles and limitations of the therapy still remain. Today it can be unquestionably said that with the help of these drugs, cancer patients are able to lead life of a better quality.

Scientists are now working on drugs that target specific features of the cancer cells. Imatinib, a monoclonal antibody drug, has been successful in attacking the Philadelphia chromosome, commonly seen in patients with CML. Efforts are on to identify more such features in order to develop efficient treatment modalities.

Advertisement

Intracellular efflux pumps, such as p-glycoprotein, have been identified that actively flush out drugs from inside the cells to the outside. In the year 2007, medications that promote the efficacy of chemotherapy by impairing the functioning of p-glycoprotein have been tested.

Often cancer attacks young adults even before they have started a family. Cryopreservation of sperms from young male patients before treatment is an option that is grossly underutilized. Storing these sperms in liquid nitrogen, at sub zero temperature, saves them for future use. Besides, innovative Assisted Reproductive Technology(ART) methods have ensured that the prospects of these patients are preserved for the future.

References

  1. MacDiarmid J.A. et al. (2007)
  2. "Bacterially Derived 400 nm Particles for Encapsulation and Cancer Cell Targeting of Chemotherapeutics" Cancer Cell 11, 431-445, May 2007

Citations   close

Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    Dr. Reeja Tharu. (2019, April 12). Chemotherapy –Future Thoughts. Medindia. Retrieved on May 18, 2022 from https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/chemotherapy-drugs-future.htm.

  • MLA

    Dr. Reeja Tharu. "Chemotherapy –Future Thoughts". Medindia. May 18, 2022. <https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/chemotherapy-drugs-future.htm>.

  • Chicago

    Dr. Reeja Tharu. "Chemotherapy –Future Thoughts". Medindia. https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/chemotherapy-drugs-future.htm. (accessed May 18, 2022).

  • Harvard

    Dr. Reeja Tharu. 2021. Chemotherapy –Future Thoughts. Medindia, viewed May 18, 2022, https://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/chemotherapy-drugs-future.htm.


Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.

Comments

Podhigai_Arasan

very nice and informative. I got all the information i searched for. Thank you medindia.

Advertisement
Health Topics A - Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z



    Advertisement
    What's New on Medindia
    Black Water: Benefits and Uses
    World Hypertension Day 2022 - Measure Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer!
    Drinking This Popular Beverage May Drop Dementia Risk
    View all
    Advertisement

    Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
    Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

    Most Popular on Medindia

    Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Sanatogen Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Noscaphene (Noscapine) Iron Intake Calculator Vent Forte (Theophylline) Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Drug Interaction Checker Find a Hospital Blood Donation - Recipients

    Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

    © All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

    This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use