Abandon old drugs for new?

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Question from CoffeeQ: It is wonderful that we keep learning more and more about this horrible disease. However, as new drugs become available, what should those of us do who are already on a drug regimen? Do we abandon the old for the new?
Answers - Generosa Grana, M.D., F.A.C.P I would say that the most important thing to do is to discuss your case with your treating oncologist. I would not abandon a treatment that was working, particularly in the setting of metastatic disease. There will be plenty of opportunities to try the new treatments if and when your specific treatment is no longer working. So while the research is exciting and the results of new drugs and new combinations are exciting, it is important that you work with your healthcare team to determine when these may be appropriate for you.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2008 ASCO Annual Meeting featured Generosa Grana, M.D., F.A.C.P. and Carol Kaplan, M.D. answering your questions about the latest research advances on screening, treatment, side effects, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in June 2008.

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