Targeted Therapy

Targeted therapies are a newer type of cancer treatment that is able to more precisely attack cancer cells using a combination of drugs and other substances. Targeted therapies are considered a chemotherapy drug, but they work differently than traditional chemotherapy drugs. They are able to identify the cancerous cells and attack them, while leaving the normal, healthy cells alone. Targeted therapies include oral agents called tyrosine kinase inhibitors and intravenous agents called monoclonal antibodies administered in our offices. Many times this type of treatment is safer and has fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy drugs. Our physicians will determine if a patient is a candidate for a targeted therapy treatment and will explain all that is involved in the treatment process.