Chemotherapy, like radiation, does not distinguish between healthy
cells and cancer cells in the cytotoxic process with sometimes resulting
side effects. This has caused researchers to focus on the development
of therapies that address specific cellular or systemic approaches
to better target the cancer.
Some examples of these new protocols are:
Vaccine Therapy - a mechanism for altering the patient's immune
system to make it better able to fight the cancer; one example is
Provenge, details of which can be viewed at www.dendreon.com.
Additional information can be gained from the interview with one
of the drug's principal investigator's that can be viewed here
Endothelin blocker - a drug that blocks a protein called endothelin,
that is thought to help spread cancer cells, has been shown to improve
quality of life by delaying the onset of bone pain and disease progression.
Clinical trials on these and other new protocols can be found through
listings on the sites noted on the Clinical Trials page.