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:

Denosumab (Xgeva) is a targeted therapy used for treatment of secondary breast cancer in the bone.

PARP inhibitors are another type of targeted therapy.

You can also download this simple summary to find out more about targeted therapy for primary breast cancer.

Last reviewed: May 2018, revised June 2020
Next planned review begins 2020

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