Targeted therapy can often have fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy because it is more selective in its targeting. It also has the potential to be more effective than traditional chemotherapy because it can attack cancer cells with greater precision.
While targeted therapy is generally well-tolerated, some patients may experience side effects such as
changes in blood pressure
Targeted therapy offers hope to patients with cancer, as it is a highly individualized approach that can be tailored to each patient’s specific genetic profile. By targeting the molecular drivers of cancer, targeted therapy has the potential to provide more effective, less toxic treatment than traditional chemotherapy.
Patients receiving targeted therapy may experience emotional and mental challenges, such as anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. It is important for patients to have a strong support system and access to resources such as counseling and support groups.
Stay hydrated and maintain a healthy diet to support your recovery
Get enough rest and exercise regularly to improve your energy levels
Manage your stress levels and seek support from family, friends, or a support group if needed
Follow your doctor’s recommendations for follow-up tests and imaging scans to monitor your progress
Report any new symptoms or concerns to your doctor promptly.
After the targeted therapy, it is important to follow up with your doctor regularly. Your doctor will monitor your response to the treatment and adjust it as needed. It is common to experience some side effects during treatment, but most of them can be managed with medication or other interventions.
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Targeted therapy is different from chemotherapy because it specifically targets cancer cells while sparing normal cells, whereas chemotherapy drugs kill both cancer and normal cells.
Patients with certain types of cancer, such as breast, lung, and colon cancer, may be good candidates for targeted therapy if their cancer cells have specific molecular or genetic features.
Common side effects of targeted therapy may include nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, skin rash, and high blood pressure. However, side effects vary depending on the type of targeted therapy and may be different for each patient.
While targeted therapy can be effective in shrinking tumors and slowing cancer growth, it is not a cure for cancer. However, targeted therapy can be used in combination with other treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, to improve outcomes for patients.
The length of targeted therapy treatment varies depending on the type of cancer and the patient’s response to the treatment. Some patients may require targeted therapy for several months, while others may need it for years. Your doctor will determine the appropriate duration of treatment for your individual case.
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