Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
Some of the following therapies are still in experimental stages and may be available by participating in a clinical trial. Although they have shown some promise, there is no conclusive evidence they slow or stop disease progression, or prolong life in everyone. Talk to your doctor to see if any of these treatments would be right for you.
Targeted therapy uses specific medications to seek out and destroy cancer cells or systems that support the cancer cells. For example, medications can be used to stop the growth of new blood vessels that enhance tumor growth. Targeted therapy may include:
Common side effects include:
Some ovarian cancers are hormone-sensitive. Hormones are able to bind to cancer cells, which stimulate growth and division. Hormone therapy inhibits this process by preventing certain hormones from binding to cancer cells. Hormone therapy may include:
Immunotherapy, or biological response modifier therapy, involves using medications to boost the effects of the body's immune system to recognize and kill cancer cells. Immunotherapy may include:
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