Renal Cell Cancer (cont.)
Kush Sachdeva, MD
Brendan Curti, MD
Winston W Tan, MD
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, FRCP
IN THIS ARTICLE
The goals of drug therapy are to induce remission, to reduce symptoms, and to prevent complications.
Anticancer agents: Chemotherapy often has little affect in renal cell cancer. However, in a small minority of people, chemotherapy can relieve symptoms and sometimes delay growth of the cancer. The best chemotherapy drugs for renal cell cancer are as follows:
Hormones: Hormone therapy shrinks renal cell cancer in fewer than 5% of cases. Medroxyprogesterone (Provera) is an example of a hormone used to treat renal cell cancer.
Biological agents: These agents are most often used in people with metastatic renal cell cancer.
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