What is Targeted Therapy?
Targeted therapy for breast cancer uses specific drugs to target the gene changes in cancer cells and block the growth and spread of cancer. These drugs interfere with the spread of cancer cells through cell signaling. They basically tell the cancer cells to stop multiplying or send signals to the immune system to destroy the cancer cells.
Common Cancer Therapy Drugs
Some common drugs used for targeted therapies are listed below.
- Trastuzumab (Herceptin)
- Lapatinib (Tykerb): Blocking abnormal proteins that target cancer cells to spread or multiply
- Everolimus (Affinitor)
- Bevacizumab (Avastin): Reduces the cancer cell’s blood supply
To speak to a breast cancer treatment specialist about targeted therapies for breast cancer treatment or to schedule an appointment, call Christian Hospital at 877.747.9355 or email us.