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What will be the result of the ability to administer this agent despite it being a foreign protein?
A 43-year-old woman with metastatic colon cancer has maintained remission by taking bevacizumab as a single agent.



A. The agent being a humanized antibody
B. The agent containing the variable region of a murine antibody molecule directed against vascular endothelial growth factor
C. B-cell dysfunction
D. The immunosuppressive effect of previously administered chemotherapy
E. T-cell dysfunction

This question is part of NBME 13 Section 4 (qst 1-50)
Asked by Chachelly, Last updated: Jul 07, 2020

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M. Klose

M. Klose, Content Writer, Oakland

Answered Aug 29, 2018

The answer to this is a. The patient is taking bevacizumab. The fact that there is zu in the name of this product meant that this is a humanized antibody. Being in remission does not necessarily mean cancer-free. It means that there is no need to take certain treatments as the cancer is not growing or is not progressing for the worse.

There are some doctors who will say that a patient is in complete remission when there is no trace of cancer at all. Those who have had cancer need to undergo check-ups to ensure that the cancer cells will not come back. A healthier lifestyle can help the person’s cancer to stay in remission for a long time.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Dec 10, 2016

The agent being a humanized antibody
 

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