Torisel®. (There may be other brand names for this medication.)
How is Temsirolimus Administered?
Your medicine will be injected into a vein.
What Is It Used For?
This drug is used to treat advanced renal cell (kidney) cancer.
How Does it Work?
Temsirolimus is not a traditional chemotherapy medication; it is a targeted therapy.
Traditional chemotherapy drugs identify cancer cells by their rapid rate of reproduction, and then attack those cells. Unfortunately, there are many cells in our bodies that normally reproduce rapidly and these cells are also affected by traditional chemotherapy drugs, resulting in many unpleasant side effects.
Temsirolimus is designed to work differently. First, instead of attacking rapidly reproducing cells, it interferes with the genes that regulate the cancer cells’ reproduction (causing a reduction).
Temsirolimus also acts as an anti-angiogenesis therapy. It attacks the cancer by stopping the formation of the tumors new blood vessels and cutting off the oxygen and nutrients that the cancer needs to sustain itself.