Lecture 23 - Can we cure cancer? Over one million people...

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Can we cure cancer? - Over one million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. - Approx. one out of every two American men and one out of every three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their life Ways of treating - Surgery - Radiation - Chemotherapy o Destroys all rapidly dividing cells – that includes cancer cells, but also Cells in your hair Bone marrow (fatigue) Stomach lining (nausea) Biologic Therapies - Biologic therapies use the body’s immune system to fight cancer or to lessen the side effects of some cancer treatments. o Interfering with cancer cell growth o Acting indirectly to help healthy immune cells control cancer o Helping to repair normal cells damaged by other forms of cancer treatment. “Lock and key “ approach - We can envision the activity of Gleevec as like putting the wrong key into a lock, to prevent anyone from using the right key - Normal binding b/t the protein and the substrate is like a key going into a lock. Turn the
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2009 for the course CHM 115 taught by Professor Towns during the Fall '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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Lecture 23 - Can we cure cancer? Over one million people...

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