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Targeted Therapies in Spain

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Spain offering Targeted Therapies.
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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Emilio Alba

Director of the Xanit Oncology Institute (XOI)

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HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Clinica La Luz

The largest private hospital in Madrid, with over one hundred physicians providing tertiary medical services in over thirty medical specialties. The hospital is equipped to deal with the most complex of conditions, including oncology, neurosurgery and cardiac surgery.

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Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Loubna Aakki

Consultant - Radiation Oncology

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Hospital Quirón Valencia

Quirón Hospital of Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.

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About Targeted Therapies

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Targeted Therapy?

Targeted therapies are drugs that block the growth and spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules which are needed for the growth, progression, and spread of cancer cells. Targeted therapy may be combined with chemotherapy and other treatments.

How does targeted therapy work?

These kinds of therapies are more effective and less harmful to normal cells. It acts on specific molecular targets which are associated with cancer, as compared to chemotherapy which acts on all dividing cancer cells. Specially designed to interact with its target, it keeps the cells from living longer than normal. It blocks tumor cell proliferation and turns off the signals that tell cancer cells to grow and divide. They are chemical entities that specifically target a protein or enzyme that carries a mutation that targets cancer cells.

Types of targeted therapy

Small molecule drugs: Theses drugs act by blocking the process that helps the multiplication and spread of cancer cells. They keep the tissue around the tumor from making blood vessels, which bring the tumor nutrients. This works by starving the tumor through keeping new blood vessels from developing.

Monoclonal antibodies: These drugs act by blocking a specific target on the outside of cancer cells or in the area around cancer. They can also directly send toxic substances to the cancer cells. These drugs are given intravenously.

Disadvantages of targeted therapy

Having the target does not necessarily mean that the tumor will respond to the drug. In addition, the drug might initially work but then stop. Targeted therapy may not work if the tumor does not have the target. Most times targeted therapy has to be combined with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.

Examples of targeted therapies include:

Breast cancer: most breast cancer has an excess of a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor. This protein is responsible for the growth of tumor cells.

Colorectal cancer: These cancers make too much of a protein called (EGFR) epidermal growth factor receptor. Drugs that block EGFR help to stop and slow cancer growth.

Lung cancer: Drugs that block EGFR slows down lung cancer. Targeted therapy for lung cancer is also available with a mutation in the ALK gene.

Melanoma: Half of the melanomas have a mutation in the BRAF gene. BRAF mutations make good drug targets. However, these drugs can be risky if you do not have the BRAF gene.

Side effects include:

  • Skin problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clotting
  • Slow healing of wounds
  • Heart damage
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Edema

Conclusion

Targeted therapy is the focus of development of anticancer drugs. As such it is key to precision medicine, which uses information about your genes and proteins to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Most targeted therapies have been approved by the food and drug administration (FDA) to treat specific types of cancer. Others are still being studied in human and animal clinical trials.

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