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How do medications treat bronchoalveolar carcinoma?

The most effective way to treat bronchoalveolar carcinoma is by removing the cancerous tumor surgically. However, people with bronchoalveolar carcinoma also respond well to targeted therapy. This therapy focuses specifically on cancerous cells, rather than the healthy tissue surrounding them. Targeted therapy includes medications such as Bevacizumab (Avastin) and Erlotinib (Tarceva). Bevacizumab, which is injected into the bloodstream, prevents new blood vessels to form around the malignant tumor, blocking its growth. Erlotinib, which is taken orally, blocks the signal for cancerous cells to multiply. This is done by inhibiting the function of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) proteins on the outside of cancerous cells.

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