Targeted Therapy

What is targeted therapy for colon cancer?

Certain cancers have genetic changes, or mutation, which make their cells stand apart from normal cells. Targeted drugs work by attacking only the cells with these specific changes while leaving the healthy cells alone. They also can have fewer severe side effects than chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Is targeted therapy for colon cancer right for me?

Targeted therapies are designed to kill cancer cells with certain proteins that make the cancer grow, called Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) and Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR). It is important to ask your doctor about the genetic make-up of your cancer to find out if there is a targeted therapy for your cancer.

What are the side effects of targeted therapy with colon cancer?

Common side effects of targeted therapy may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Rash
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin irritation