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Biological therapy for brain and spinal cord cancer
Biological therapy may be used to treat glioblastoma multiforme and some recurrent brain and spinal cord cancer. It is also called biotherapy or biological response modifiers (BRMs).
Biological therapy uses natural or manufactured substances to kill, control or change the behaviour of cancer cells. Different types of biological therapies work in different ways.
Biological therapy may be used to treat glioblastoma multiforme.
Doses and schedules vary from person to person.
Biological therapy drugs
The biological therapy drug used to treat brain and spinal cord cancer is bevacizumab (Avastin).
For more detailed information on specific drugs, go to sources of drug information.
Clinical trial discovery improves quality of life
A clinical trial led by the Society’s NCIC Clinical Trials group found that men with prostate cancer who are treated with intermittent courses of hormone therapy live as long as those receiving continuous therapy.