1. What is targeted therapy for breast cancer?
Targeted therapy, also called biological therapy, is the name given to a group of drugs that block the growth and spread of cancer.
They target and interfere with processes in the cells that help cancer grow.
The type of targeted therapy you’re offered will depend on the features of your breast cancer.
2. When is targeted therapy given?
Some people have targeted therapy after surgery to reduce the chances of their breast cancer coming back.
Sometimes targeted therapy is given before surgery to shrink a larger cancer before it’s removed.
Targeted therapies can also be given if breast cancer has come back or spread to another part of the body.
3. Targeted therapy drugs for breast cancer
The most commonly used targeted therapy for breast cancer is trastuzumab.
It’s used to treat breast cancer that is -positive.
Other targeted therapy drugs
Other common targeted therapy drugs for HER2-positive breast cancer include:
4. Side effects of targeted therapies
Like any treatment, targeted therapies can cause side effects.
The side effects will depend on which targeted therapy drug you’re having.
If you’re having targeted therapy at the same time as other treatments, such as or , you may have side effects from those as well.
Side effects are listed on our individual targeted therapy drugs pages – see the purple page blocks above to find out more.