Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics                                                                                                             Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University                                                                                                                               South Africa             

Online Lecture: Anticancer Drugs.

Anticancer, or antineoplastic, drugs are used to treat malignancies, or cancerous growths.

Drug therapy may be used alone, or in combination with other treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy.

Anticancer drugs are used to control the growth of cancerous cells.

  Cancer is  commonly  defined  as  the  uncontrolled  growth  of  cells,   with  loss  of  differentiation  and  commonly,  with  metastasis,  spread  of  the  cancer  to  other  tissues  and  organs. 

Cancers  are  malignant  growths.  In  contrast,  benign  growths   remain  encapsulated  and  grow  within  a  well-defined  area. 

Although  benign  tumors  may  be  fatal  if  untreated,  due  to  pressure  on  essential  organs,  as  in  the  case  of  a  benign brain tumor, surgery or radiation are the preferred methods of treating growths which have a well defined location.

Drug therapy is used when the tumor has spread, or may spread, to all areas of the body.

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