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Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy is a type of cancer treatment that works differently to chemotherapy. Chemotherapy attacks all rapidly dividing cells in the body, but targeted therapy works by “targeting” those differences that help a cancer cell to survive and grow.

Targeted treatments can be taken orally, injected or given intravenously (through a vein). They may be given along with chemotherapy.

Side effects of targeted therapy can include fever, headache, and a rash; the targeted therapy trastuzumab (brand name Herceptin) may also affect heart function.

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