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6 Targeted Therapies for Lung Cancer

2. Kinase Inhibitors

These drugs work by limiting kinases (enzymes) that are responsible for cell growth and reproduction, explains Cancer Treatment Centers of America. One of the drugs, called Crizotinib (brand name Xalkori), “disrupts certain pathways in the cell, which can prevent the growth of tumor cells.”

This treatment is specifically designed for a type of lung cancer in which anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) is overactive, adds the source. This medication is taken orally, so there’s no invasive actions required. Another example of a kinase inhibitor is Dasatinib (Sprycel), which is typically used to treat leukemia (cancer of the bone marrow/blood).

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