Targeted Therapy

Targeted therapies are an advanced form of cancer treatment that more precisely fight cancer. These treatments focus on specific genetic mutations, or characteristics, that make cancer cells different from healthy cells.

Targeted therapies prevent the growth and spread of cancerous cells, concentrating only on cells with specific gene mutations. Because targeted therapies do not impact health cells, they are typically less harmful than chemotherapy.

There are multiple targeted therapies used in breast cancer treatment. Some attack a single trait of the cancerous cell, while others attack several mutations within the cancer cells. You may receive multiple targeted therapies as part of your breast cancer treatment plan.

Targeted therapies are often used to treat HER2-positive and hormone receptor-positive breast cancers. Targeted drugs may also be used in conjunction with other treatments including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.