Frequently Asked Questions
20. What are some of the newest drugs doctors use to combat colorectal cancer?
Various drugs are under study as possible treatments for colorectal cancer.
A 2005 study found that patients who took the drug AvastinTM with their standard chemotherapy treatment had a longer survival than those who did not take Avastin. The generic name for Avastin is bevacizumab.
Scientists are also working on new vaccines and monoclonal antibodies that may improve how patients' immune systems respond to colorectal cancers. Monoclonal antibodies are a single type of antibody that researchers make in large amounts in a laboratory.