What is targeted therapy?
This is a group of drugs that block the growth and spread of cancer. They target and interfere with processes in the cells that help cancer to grow.
The most widely used targeted therapy is trastuzumab (Herceptin). Other targeted therapies are:
- abemaciclib (Verzenios)
- bevacizumab (Avastin)
- everolimus (Afinitor)
- lapatinib (Tyverb)
- palbociclib (Ibrance)
- pertuzumab (Perjeta)
- ribociclib (Kisqali)
- trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla)
Denosumab (Xgeva) is a targeted therapy used for treatment of secondary breast cancer in the bone.
PARP inhibitors are another type of targeted therapy.