Side Effects of Targeted Cancer Therapy Drugs

Although targeted therapy drugs don’t affect you the same way that standard chemo drugs do, they can still cause side effects. There are many different types of targeted drugs, and the side effects from these drugs depend largely on what each drug targets.

What should I know about side effects?

  • Not every person gets every side effect, and some people get few, if any.
  • The severity of side effects can vary greatly from drug to drug and from person to person. Be sure to talk to your cancer care team about which side effects are most common with your treatment, how long they might last, how bad they might be, and when you should call the doctor’s office about them. Your doctor may give you instructions to follow or medicines to help prevent some side effects before they happen.
  • Rare and unusual side effects can happen with some of these drugs, and some can be serious. Report all changes and side effects as soon as possible to your cancer care team.
  • Although side effects can be unpleasant, the less serious ones must be measured against the need to fight the cancer.

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