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How do medications treat non-small cell cancer?

There are currently two major classes of medications for non-small cell cancer - chemotherapy and targeted drug therapy. Chemotherapy is one or more drugs that kill cancer cells given to you through your veins or by mouth.

Targeted drug therapy aims to stop processes within cells that are specific to cancer cells. One drug, bevacizumab (Avastin), stops the tumor from being able to create its own blood supply, thus limiting its growth. Another drug, erlotinib (Tarceva), prevents cancer cells from growing and dividing, limiting the tumor's growth.

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