Targeted therapy uses specific medications to seek out and destroy cancer cells or systems that support the cancer cells. One drug used for cervical cancer, bevacizumab, stops the growth of new blood vessels that enhance tumor growth. It is used in advanced stages of cervical cancer in combination with
Side effects of targeted therapy can be serious and may include:
Problems with wound healing
An abnormal connection between the vagina and intestine—fistula (rare)
If you have any side effects, talk to your doctor. The earlier these effects are addressed, the less of an impact they will have.
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Targeted therapy for cervical cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervical-cancer/treating/targeted-therapy.html. Updated December 5, 2016. Accessed January 29, 2018.
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