Experiences with Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy is a type of cancer therapy that is aimed right at changes in cells that cause cancer. There are many types of cancer targeted therapy, but all types change the way a cancer cell grows, divides, repairs itself, or works with other cells. Three types of targeted therapies are growth signal inhibitors, anti-angiogenesis agents, and apoptosis-inducing drugs. Targeted therapy proves to have different and less severe side effects than other treatments; it is also being used to treat more advanced cancers. Targeted therapy is given orally in the form of a pill for many different types of cancer. Common medications include trastuzumab (Herceptin) to treat breast cancer, sorafenib (Nexavar) to treat liver cancer and kidney cancer, and bevacizumab (Avastin) to treat non-small cell lung cancer.

Many WhatNexter’s have positive things to say about Herceptin when answering questions about HER2 mutation; many report that there are fewer side effects for this targeted therapy, and it lessens the pain of the cancer. Many other WhatNexter’s are afraid to try targeted therapies because they do not know a lot about them. Many patients have had success with targeted therapy. It is worth it to read firsthand insights and ask questions about this form of cancer treatment below.

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    • Jinnie_K
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    5 days ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I felt sick all the time and bloody nose daily since starting herceptin and perjeta.

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • LoriLynne
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in ...
    11 days ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Taxol, Herceptin & Prejeta treatments weekly so little time to recover. Build up of chemo drugs had more of an impact with side eff...

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Vic
    • Experience with Hepatocellular Carcinoma o...
    21 days ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am not the patient

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    Easy to Do: Not Specified
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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    • agib
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    22 days ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    keytruda did not work so tried Chemo Carboplatin/Avastin tumor stayed the same so now I am on Tarceva tablets

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • HDW
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Ibrance- Not a cure, but a treatment. So far, it's shrunk some tumors. It will work for awhile, until the cancer decides it wo...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • canon
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Xalkorie.....had to stop because of elevated liver enzymes

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • canon
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The side effects of the current drug, Alunbrig, have been very difficult to cope with.

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    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Nikerin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Colore...
    2 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    5 1/2 weeks mon-fri “xeloda” by mouth, adjuvant with radiation

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Cheese
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    2 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Still doing herceptin thru September and oncologist just added Perjeta for a year

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Elmo
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I have a T790M mutation which means I qualify for a drug called Tagrisso. I feel blessed that I have had no real side effects. I als...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • RSMeck
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Ca...
    3 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My husband has taken Crizotinib, Alectinib and Lorlatinib

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    0 Comments
    • Hflores
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    4 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The medications I take have caused me to have extreme fatigue and I had to go on Medical Leave from my job of over 20 years.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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