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Various types of anticancer medications kill cancer cells in different ways. The type of drug your doctor chooses to treat you can depend on your age, the type and stage of disease, your response to previous treatments and other factors. Patients with the same disease are sometimes treated with different therapies, depending on what the doctor thinks is the best treatment for each individual patient.

Some blood cancers are treated effectively with a single drug. However, many conventional and investigational drug therapies combine drugs that attack cancer cells at different points in their growth cycles. This approach often makes therapy more effective and reduces the chance that the cancer cells will become resistant to a particular drug. As a result, more patients are achieving long-term remissions or cures.

Sometimes cancer cells may be resistant to the initial drugs used or may become resistant to the drugs after a period. In this case, your doctor may prescribe different drugs to target and kill the cancerous cells.

last updated on Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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