Targeted Therapy

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What’s the goal of targeted therapy treatment?

Depending on the type of cancer and its stage (if and how far it has spread), targeted therapy can be used to:

  • Cure the cancer
  • Slow the cancer’s growth
  • Kill cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body
  • Relieve symptoms caused by cancer

Your doctor will talk to you about the goals of your therapy before you start treatment.

Will targeted therapy drugs be my only treatment for cancer?

Sometimes treatment with a targeted therapy drug will be the only treatment you need. But in most cases, targeted therapy is used along with other treatments such as chemo, surgery, and/or radiation therapy.

Last Medical Review: 07/12/2013
Last Revised: 07/12/2013