Targeted therapy uses special drugs. These drugs destroy cancer cells or the systems that support them. For example, they may stop the growth of new blood vessels in the tumor. The tumor then does not get enough nutrients to grow. Targeted therapy may be used with chemotherapy.
Side effects of targeted therapy can be serious. They may be:
- Blood clots
- Problems with wound healing
- An abnormal connection between the vagina and intestine—fistula (rare)
The doctor will want to know about side effects right away. It is best to address side effects early.
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Last reviewed March 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP Last Updated: 10/8/2021