Oct 25 2017
What's the difference between targeted therapy and chemo?

By: Lynn Baatz, MD Category Community Health


Chemotherapy consists of drugs that are used to treat cancer. These drugs usually work by interfering with the ability of cancer cells to grow and multiply, leading to death of the cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs usually have effects not only on cancer cells but also on normal cells, especially those that grow and multiple more rapidly. Chemotherapy is often given via a vein, but some chemotherapy may be given by mouth. Which chemotherapy is used, what the dose should be, how often it is used and for how long is dependent on the type and stage of the cancer and specific patient characteristics. Chemotherapy may cure cancer in some situations, often in combination with surgery and/or radiation therapy. It may also be used to slow the

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