A targeted therapy is one that is designed to treat only the cancer cells and minimize damage to normal, healthy cells. Cancer treatments that "target" cancer cells may offer the advantage of reduced treatment-related side effects and improved outcomes.
Conventional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, cannot distinguish between cancer cells and healthy cells. With some types of cancer, we know exactly what is causing the disease and what can be done to stop it. In some cases, targeted therapy can have dramatic results. By looking for biologic markers associated with prognosis and treatment response, Compass Oncology doctors are able to increase the effectiveness and reduce the side effects of certain cancer-fighting therapies.
Targeted therapy is not an option for every cancer, but more and more patients are benefitting from these powerful tools in the Compass Oncology cancer-fighting arsenal.