Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
Targeted therapy may also be used for cancerous brain tumors. Targeted therapy uses different biological pathways to interfere with the ability of cancer cells to grow, divide, and/or spread. The drugs may be able treat tumors that standard chemotherapy drugs cannot reach. These are often chosen based on the type of brain tumor and may be used alone or in combination with other treatments.
Targeted therapies for brain tumors include:
Common side effects include:
A variety of treatments are available to help manage side effects including medication, lifestyle changes, and alternative treatments. The earlier the side effects are addressed, the more likely they will be controlled with a minimum of discomfort.
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