1 July 2009
Targeted therapy is a general term that refers to a drug that targets a specific pathway in the growth and development of a tumour and is designed to treat only the cancer cells while minimizing damage to normal, healthy cells.
These targeted drugs differ in function from standard chemotherapy drugs and have different side effects. By attacking or blocking these important targets, the therapy helps to fight the tumour itself.
There are several different types of targeted therapies which each target cancer in different ways. Often to make the chemotherapy more effective, targeted therapies may be used alone or in combination with standard chemotherapy drugs.