Targeted therapy uses medicines to attack specific targets or processes of cancer cells. These medicines help stop cancer cells from growing or spreading. Unlike chemotherapy, targeted therapy attacks only cancer cells, not normal cells.
Targeted therapy is often given as a pill or put into a vein. It may be used alone. But it's often combined with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy.
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Brian Leber MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
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