Targeted therapy is a new type of cancer treatment that uses drugs or other substances to identify and attack cancer cells while doing little damage to normal cells. Each type of targeted therapy works differently, but all attempt to alter the way a cancer cell grows, divides, repairs itself, or interacts with other cells.
Some of the cancers that may be treated with targeted therapy include certain types of lung, pancreatic, head and neck, liver, colorectal, breast, and kidney cancers.
Targeted therapies are a major focus of cancer research today. Many future advances against cancer will likely come from this field. New findings and drugs are being developed every day. If you have received a diagnosis of cancer, do your research and ask your medical team about these new advances in therapy. Access to many of the newest treatments may be available through clinical trials.
There are three main types of targeted therapies. The targeting drugs work to identify and alter or damage the inner workings of the cancer cell. Your oncologist may discuss one of these Targeted therapies with you:
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