New cancer drugs keep patients alive longer

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There has been a revolution of new drugs created to treat cancer. These "target therapies" are designed to treat specific types of cancers.

While the drugs aren't a cure, they are keeping patients alive and feeling better for much longer.

Like a character in the movie Twister, Carolyn Clark is caught in a storm and fighting for her life. Chemotherapy has been a constant in her life for more than two years, as she battles not one, but two separate cancers.

In recent years, there has been an explosion of drugs that target specific genes to treat all kinds of cancers.

And since the drugs are less toxic, they have fewer side effects that make people look sick.

There's still room for more traditional therapies like the chemotherapy Carolyn is doing to attack her appendiceal cancer, but she knows the targeted drugs are giving her something that is so precious - time, and the ability to feel well enough to enjoy it.

In fact, last weekend she put her kayak back in the water.


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