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Why Targeted Therapies Are Important

Why Targeted Therapies Are Important

Targeted cancer therapies may be more effective and less harmful to normal cells than current treatments.

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  • Targeted therapies are designed to treat molecular and cellular abnormalities supporting cancer growth.
  • The identification of these abnormalities and the development of drugs targeting these molecules represent important progress in cancer research and treatment.
  • Some cancer drugs kill both healthy and unhealthy cells to produce strong side effects in people.
  • Targeted therapies are generally less likely than some other cancer therapies to harm normal, healthy cells. As a result, people being treated with targeted therapies may experience less side effects compared with other forms of cancer treatment.

Other words used when discussing
biological therapies:

  • Molecular therapy
  • Small molecular therapy
  • Monoclonal antibody therapy
  • Signal transduction inhibitor
  • Tyrosine kinase receptor inhibitor
  • Apoptosis (cell death) inducing therapy


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