How targeted therapy is given

Targeted therapy drugs are usually prescribed by a medical oncologist or haematologist. They are commonly given in repeating cycles, with rest periods in between. Some drugs may be taken daily for many months or even years. They may be given on their own or in combination with chemotherapy drugs.

 These drugs are generally given in different ways:

  • as tablets that you can swallow
  • through a drip into a vein in your arm (IV infusion)
  • as an injection under the skin.

How long you take the drugs will depend on the aim of the treatment, how the cancer responds, and the side effects you experience. Your treatment team can give you more details.

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This information was last reviewed in June 2018
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