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Help from Growing Therapies

Herbst says he witnessed revolutions since he
started treating lung cancer exclusively about
23 years ago, when the job "really was very grim."
"Treatment was as far from personalized as it
could be," he says.
Now, doctors regularly use immunotherapy
and targeted therapy, which rely on test results
from an individual's cancer to identify and block
cell changes that cause the cancer to grow. Even
with the improvements, lung cancer tumors
often grow back with targeted therapy.
"Cancers are deadly opponents. You have to
treat them with your most modern and innovative things at all times," Herbst says.
And if treatment isn't working, patients with
cancer can try to get accepted to a research trial
for an experimental method.
People who work with cancer hope some treatments become unnecessary as whole-body therapies improve, Schapira says.
"We can imagine a future where surgery
becomes minimal-less disfi guring and less
expansive-and where we also have better ways
of delivering radiation and making it more targeted and less toxic," she says. "And most of
that is going to happen as systemic therapies
get better." ■

CANCER FIGHTERS
Cancer treatment is a combination of three primary tools-surgery, chemotherapy and radiation-and other evolving treatments. At GMC,
you'll not only find advanced diagnostics and
specialty-trained experts, you'll also have access
to many innovative treatments. Kevin Peacock,
MD, medical director at GMC's Gwinnett Breast
Program, walks through the latest options:
3 Surgery: Advances in technology have
allowed for smaller incisions and greater
accuracy, decreasing hospital stays.
3 Chemotherapy: Often used with other
treatments, it can be administered both orally
and intravenously, killing and suppressing
cancer. Researchers are continuously seeking
new drugs and clarifying the best times to
use chemotherapy.

3 Radiation: With improved imaging,
radiation can be directed more precisely.
3 Immunotherapy: Using the body's own
immune system to fight a tumor has become
part of regular care for some cancers.
3 Hormonal therapy: Important for
many years in breast and prostate cancers,
this therapy blocks or lowers the hormones
in the body that some cancers need to grow.
3 Targeted therapy: This is the basis of
precision medicine. Tests of a person's cancer help identify medicines to interfere with
its growth. Scientists are presently seeking
new drugs to interfere in new ways.
3 Bone-marrow transplant: This procedure replenishes stem cells wiped out by
high-dose treatments.

WEBSITE

Understanding
Your Options
Exceptional cancer care isn't just
clinical, it's personal. Learn more
about this unique approach and
the comprehensive services at
GMC's Center for Cancer Care at
gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/
cancer.

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