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How Do Drugs Attack Cancer?

Lecture no. 21 from the course: What Science Knows about Cancer

How Do Drugs Attack Cancer?

Taught by Professor David Sadava | 33 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Health,Fitness & Nutrition Courses

Some cancer drugs go to work on DNA while others target processes inside the cell. Get an introduction to both categories and learn the science behind how widely used drugs such as methotrexate, tamoxifen, and cisplatin operate. Consider the side effects patients commonly experience when undergoing chemotherapy and the reasons cells become resistant to treatment. Then, using kidney cancer as an example, look at how science has led to new treatments with the potential to target specific tumors.

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