Questions about targeted therapy
Here are some questions about targeted therapy to ask your doctor to see if this is the right cancer treatment for your situation. If your doctor gives you answers that you don’t understand, ask for clarification.
- Is targeted therapy available as part of my treatment plan? If not, why not?
- Which targeted therapy drug are you recommending?
- What do you expect the targeted therapy drug to do to the cancer?
- Will it be my only treatment or will I also have other treatments?
- How often will I have targeted therapy?
- How long will I receive treatment?
- Where will I have treatment?
- What side effects should I watch out for or report?
- Will it affect my immune system or vaccinations?
- Who do I contact if I get side effects?
- How can side effects be managed?
- What clinical trials are available?
- How will I know if the treatment is working?
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This information was reviewed by: Dr Fiona Day, Medical Oncologist, Calvary Mater Newcastle, and Conjoint Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle, NSW; Dawn Bed , 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council Queensland; Jennifer Cardwell, Consumer; Christine Henneker, Nurse Practitioner Cancer Services, WA Country Health Service, WA; Dr Rohit Joshi, Medical Oncology Consultant, Calvary Central Districts Hospital, and Clinical Lecturer, University of Adelaide, SA; Prof Ross McKinnon, Director, Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, SA; Prof Miles Prince, Haematologist, Director of Molecular Oncology and Cancer Immunology, Epworth HealthCare, VIC; Prof Ben Solomon, Medical Oncologist, and Group Leader, Molecular Therapeutics and Biomarkers Laboratory, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Dr Subotheni Thavaneswaran, Medical Oncologist, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and St Vincent’s Hospital, and Translational Research Fellow, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, NSW; A/Pro Kathy Tucker, Clinical Cancer Geneticist, Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre, NSW.
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Targeted therapy is a type of drug treatment that attacks specific features of cancer cells, known as molecular targets, to stop the cancer growing and spreading. Other names for targeted therapy include biological therapies and molecular targeted therapy.