Therapies & Treatments – Helping Patients Live Better Lives

Cancer can develop anywhere in the body. (Photo credit: Frantab / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
(Photo credit: Frantab / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Cancer can develop anywhere in the body. It starts when cells grow out of control and crowd out normal cells. This makes it hard for your body to work the way it should. For many people, cancer can be treated successfully. In fact, more people than ever before lead full lives after cancer treatment.

There are many types of cancer. It’s not just one disease. Cancer can start in the lungs, the breast, the colon, or even in the blood. Cancers are alike in some ways, but they are different in the ways they grow and spread.

Patient Stories 
The realities of living with premenopausal metastatic breast cancer:
Jenny’s journey with metastatic breast cancer: Search for this story on
Lilly scientist meets patient helped by cancer discovery:Search for this story on
Kimberly’s Story – Your job matters:
Meet Gary – I realized that I didn’t have a lot of time:
What I wish I knew – Tips for brain tumor patient caregivers:Search for this story on
A groundskeeper tackles cancer in several ways:
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One boy’s quest to battle cancer:

Examples of Common Treatments Developed With Animal Models

DrugUsageAnimal Models
AlimtaPleural mesothelioma and non-small cell lung cancerMice, rats, beagles, guinea pigs
AvastinGlioblastoma and non-small cell lung cancerMice, rats, rabbits, monkeys
ErbituxHead and neck cancer, metastatic colorectal cancerMice, rats, rabbits, monkeys
EstradiolProstate and breast cancerMice, guinea pigs, hamsters, monkeys, rabbits, rats
GleevecLeukemia, myeloid leukemia, accelerated phase myeloid leukemia, gastrointestinal tumorsMice, rats, rabbits, dogs, monkeys, Chinese hamsters
HerceptinBreast cancermonkeys
KeytrudaImmunotherapy for cancermice, rats, monkeys, dogs, hamsters
Lupron, EligardProstate cancer and uterine tumorsrats, rabbits
OpdivoImmunotherapy for cancermice, rats, monkeys, rabbits
PrednisoneAcute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemiaCats, dogs, hamsters, mice, rats, monkeys, rabbits, horses
RevlimidMultiple myelomaMice, rats, rabbits, beagles, monkeys
RituxanNon-hodgkin's lymphoma, rheumatoid arthritis and B-cell lymphomaMonkeys
VelcadeMultiple myelomaMice, rats, rabbits, dogs, monkeys
YervoyImmunotherapy for cancerMice, monkeys
ZytigaProstate cancerMice, rats, monkeys
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