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Targeted Therapy Drugs for Gallbladder Cancer

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As researchers have learned more about the gene and protein changes in cells that cause cancer, they have developed newer drugs to specifically target these changes. Targeted therapy is used to treat a lot of different kinds of cancer. And many of these drugs are being tested to see if they can help treat gallbladder cancer. Right now, the only way to get these drugs is in a clinical trial.

Targeted therapy drugs work differently from standard chemotherapy (chemo) drugs. They sometimes work when standard chemo drugs don’t, and they often have different (and less severe) side effects. They can be used either along with chemo or by themselves.

To learn more about how these drugs are used to treat cancer, see Targeted Cancer Therapy.

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Last Revised: July 12, 2018

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