Review of Cancer Treatments

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Oncology: The Painfully Great Science


-What is Cancer?
-What is Oncology?
Oncology: The Painfully Great Science

“When someone has cancer, the whole family and everyone who loves them does, too.” – Terri Clark
This statement is very true. When someone is diagnosed with cancer it starts a journey down a road that no one wants to travel on. In recent years, there have been countless trials and tests to find a cure for this terrible disease but none have been entirely successful. There are treatments on the market that can help and slow down the process, but they have various side effects that aren’t quite appealing. The best treatments in
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Progressively, the survival rate from cancer has doubled, and more people are surviving now than ever before. Cancer is still the largest cause of death than any other disease; consequently researchers realize they still have a long way to go. Some of the leading oncology drugs on the market today include; Rituxan, Avastin, Revlimid, and Gleevec. Figure one (pictured below) shows the profits of these drugs in the year 2011. Cancer drugs represent the second biggest category of pharmaceuticals sold in the U.S. worldwide. Sales of cancer drugs are estimated to grow progressively, due to the population of cancer patients globally and by the opportunities given by the cancer drugs and oncology research. These things open the door for possible long-term disease management and control. This white paper will explore the recent discoveries in the oncology field and how the treatment works in the body. Although the drugs are helping patients daily, there is still room for improvement.

Profits in 2011

Rituxan $3 billion Avastin $2.66 billion Revlimid $1.66 billion Gleevec $1.51 billion Gleevec

Each cell in the body has a regulated system that controls their growth, maturity, reproduction and eventual death. Cancer begins when a cell starts to grow out of control, then spreads throughout the body. There are many different kinds of cancer, but all generally start out
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