Targeted therapies are drugs and other substances that block the growth and spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules involved in the growth and progression of cancer.
While conventional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation have the inability to distinguish between cancer cells and healthy cells, targeted therapy is much more precise. Targeting cancer cells with increased accuracy minimizes damage to normal, healthy cells, offering the advantage of an improved outcome.
Although targeted therapy is relatively new, it is becoming a popular form of cancer treatment. However, it is not an option for every patient. Your doctor will determine if targeted therapy is right for you and whether or not it needs to be used in conjunction with other cancer treatments