- Tumor testing shows if a cancer tumor has a certain change or mutation that is making it act abnormally.
- Targeted therapies “target” these mutations in different ways.
- These therapies are more specific and may have fewer side effects.
Talk to your doctor about getting your tumor tested to see if you are eligible for targeted therapies.
Treatment that kills cancer cells can also affect normal cells. This can cause unwanted side effects. New drugs called targeted therapies help reduce damage to healthy cells. They focus more on cancer cells by interrupting the way cancer cells function and grow. They attack specific targets on or in the tumor cells. Not every person is eligible for targeted therapies. Your doctor might order a special test of your tumor called a molecular test or biomarker test. Talk to your doctor about your testing options and treatment recommendations. Targeted therapy drugs works in a variety different ways.
Mutations all affect a different part of the complicated communication systems within and between cells. These mutations affect the division and growth of cells. Therapies exist to target some of these mutations. Some of the more common targeted therapies include:
Cancer therapies are always changing. Talk to your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for targeted therapies. Are you interested in learning about and possibly joining a clinical trial for targeted therapy? For more information about targeted therapies, visit the resources in our interactive library.
Ask your doctor if you are eligible for targeted therapies.