Cellular basis of proposed or current treatment Notes

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Cellular basis of proposed or current treatment   Notes "Normal" cells stop dividing when they come into contact with like cells, a  mechanism known as contact inhibition.  Cancerous cells lose this ability.  Cancer cells no longer have the normal checks and balances in place that control  and limit cell division.  Usually, cancer drugs work by damaging the RNA or DNA that tells the cell how  to copy itself in division The two types of treatment: I. Chemotherapy        1) a drug treatment that works by interfering with the cancer cell's ability to grow  or reproduce.  2) While chemotherapy can be quite effective in treating certain cancers, the  agents do not differentiate normal healthy cells from cancer cells = adverse  side effects during treatment.  3) Being able to anticipate these side effects can help prevent these symptoms  from occurring, if possible. 
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2011 for the course BIO 120 taught by Professor Annapowolny during the Fall '10 term at Spelman.

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