The Future of Lymphoma Research, part 2

Lymphoma research is moving forward in several distinct ways. The Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups highlights a few more potential successes.

Immunotherapy
Many new antibodies are being developed that boost the body’s natural defenses against cancer. Some use antibodies that attach to the surface of tumor cells. Some have radioactive substances attached that can direct radiation treatment to the lymphoma. This form of treatment is known as radioimmunotherapy.

Targeted therapies
There are many new targeted treatments for lymphoma in early clinical trials and under evaluation in the laboratory. Targeted therapies are drugs that have been developed against specific genes or proteins within the lymphoma cells that are thought to be important in the development of cancer. It is hoped that because these drugs are directed against very specific targets that found only in lymphoma cells, they will have fewer side effects than chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

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