Targeted therapy

Targeting specific proteins in the patient’s body to regulate the growth and development of cancer cells and prevent the spread of tumors, is called Targeted therapy.

Different mechanisms are employed to attack the cancer cells:

  • Stimulating the immune cells to fight against the cancer cells.
  • Modifying the protein types in the cancer cells, to interrupt the cell cycle and destroy the formation of new cancer cells.

To know more about chemotherapy and other methods in cancer treatment, schedule a consultation with our team of medical oncologists.


Targeted therapy drugs can be given in the form of tablets, capsules, IV injections etc. These targeted therapy tablets or pills can be given daily for over a few months or years; this again depends on the stage of cancer.

While you are undergoing cancer treatment with targeted therapy, your treating doctor performs regular blood tests and scans, to understand your body’s response. This helps them to modify the treatment plan accordingly.

Minor side effects associated with targeted therapy drugs are skin rashes, allergies etc. Most of them are temporary and are easily relieved with medications.