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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  1. 30 days ago
    SharonA49090's Avatar

    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    After progression on Arimidex, changed to Ibrance (CDK 4/6 Inhibitor) + Letrozole (hormonal). Next treatment Ibrance/Faslodex

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Penergy17
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    3 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Seeking connection with others as a resource for which hair shampoo, cream rinse, lotion that do not irritate. What others have tri...

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  2. 3 months ago
    Connieguth's Avatar

    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Beginning Ibrance March 2017.

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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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    • SMK
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I am currently on herceptin IV as well as tykerb and that is all. hoping that my scans in March are good.

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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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  3. 4 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    two months on tamoxifin, increased depression, anxiety, severe mood swings, hot flashes, extreme high and low moods in a nano seco...

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    cord compression forced a stopping of process

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    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  4. 5 months ago
    proparent's Avatar

    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Ibrance capsules

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
    4 Comments
    • cheryncp
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    5 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I had a few minor side effects in the beginning of treatment such as visual disturbances (light flashes), diarrhea and some swelling...

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
    0 Comments
    • Sheryl88
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    5 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Started Arimedex on 12/26/2016. So far no side effects.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
    2 Comments
    • paulalv
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    5 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    ROS1, she has been on Xalkori for 43 months

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    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Wyntersun
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    6 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Zykadia/ceritinib: severe side effects that negatively impacted quality of life.

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    Easy to Do: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
    0 Comments
    • Wyntersun
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    6 months ago
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    Targeted therapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Xalkori/Crizotonib: side effects were varied, but easy to deal with.

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