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The Cancer Care Center

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The Cancer Care Center

At St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center, we tailor your treatment plan to fit your needs and your lifestyle.

Targeted biologics for breast cancer

Targeted cancer therapy is a treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer. Because these therapies specifically target the cancer, there is less damage to your body’s normal, healthy cells. These drugs aim to stop the uncontrolled growth and spread of cancer cells.

Targeted biologic therapy

Here are some of the frequently used targeted therapies for treating breast cancer:

  • Herceptin: Cancer cells receive a signal telling them to grow and spread; Herceptin blocks the ability of the cancer cells to receive those signals.
  • Tykerb: Certain proteins cause cells to grow rapidly and uncontrolled; this therapy blocks those proteins.
  • PARP Inhibitors: PARP is a protein that helps cells, including cancer cells, repair themselves and continue growing. These cancer cells then become resistant to treatment. A PARP inhibitor blocks the PARP proteins from doing their jobs in fixing damaged cancer cells. Often, PARP inhibitor is added to chemotherapy and radiation treatments; sometimes it is used alone.

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For information about St. Anthony's Cancer Care Center - St. Louis, please call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.

Working as trusted partners, the physicians and employees of St. Anthony's Health System will deliver care distinguished by its demonstrated quality and personalized service. We will be visibly engaged in improving the health and well­ being of the communities we serve in South County and beyond. We will stand together, proud to set the standard for independent community health systems.