- How is ovarian cancer treated?
- Surgery for ovarian cancer
- Chemotherapy for ovarian cancer
- Targeted therapy for ovarian cancer
- Hormone therapy for ovarian cancer
- Radiation therapy for ovarian cancer
- Approach to treatment of ovarian cancer
- Clinical trials for ovarian cancer
- Complementary and alternative therapies for ovarian cancer
Targeted therapy for ovarian cancer
Targeted therapy is a newer type of cancer treatment that uses drugs or other substances to find and attack cancer cells while doing little damage to normal cells. Each type of targeted therapy works differently, but all change the way a cancer cell grows, divides, repairs itself, or acts.
The targeted therapy drug that has been studied the most in ovarian cancer is bevacizumab (Avastin®). Bevacizumab isn’t yet approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ovarian cancer, but it has been approved in the treatment of other cancers. It may be a treatment option in some cases. Studies of other targeted therapy drugs are going on.
Last Medical Review: 04/22/2013
Last Revised: 02/06/2014