Monoclonal antibodies

Monoclonal antibodies were considered the ultimate 'magic bullets' for cancer therapy when introduced 20 years ago. The goal has been to develop antibodies that target active tumour cells specifically and act as carriers of radiation to treat the disease. At present radio-immunotherapy has met with more problems than successes and its future is uncertain.

1 ICRU Report 38 (1985) Doses and volume specification for reporting intra-cavity therapy in gynaecology. International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurement. Bethesda Md, USA.

2 ICRU Report 58 (1997) Dose and volume specification for reporting interstitial therapy. International Commission on Radiation Units. Bethesda Md, USA.

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