These treatments are determined by the results of a biopsy of the cancer cells. This test is called molecular profiling or mutation testing. Details of the tumor biopsy give the doctor information on how to possibly target specific mutations, or abnormal cells. There are many types of targeted therapies that may be used. Some block growth signals in the cells so they stop getting bigger. Others block new blood supplies that may nourish and grow cancerous cells.13
- Side effects: The most common side effects of targeted therapy include diarrhea, some liver problems, skin rash, dry skin, problems with wounds healing and blood clotting, and high blood pressure. Patients should consult with their doctors about the relevant side effects.13
13. LVNG. Types of Treatments. Available at: https://www.lvng.com/about-lung-cancer/types-of-treatment.html. Accessed: 2 May 2019.