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Personalized Targeted Therapy Specialist

HUNTERDON HEMATOLOGY ONCOLOGY, LLC

Board Certified Medical Oncologists & Medical Oncology and Hematology Specialists located in Flemington, NJ

Personalized targeted therapy is a new approach to treating certain types of cancer that uses information about the genetic makeup of your tumor to help destroy it. If you want to take advantage of targeted therapy and other innovative cancer treatments, the highly skilled oncology team at Hunterdon Hematology Oncology, LLC, in Flemington, New Jersey, can help. Find out more about the latest approaches to beating cancer by calling Hunterdon Hematology Oncology, LLC, today or schedule an appointment using the online form.

Personalized Targeted Therapy Q & A

What is personalized targeted therapy?

Targeted therapy is a treatment for cancer. It involves using medications that target specific proteins and genes that cancer cells need in order to live and grow.

Targeted therapy can affect the tissues that give cancer an environment that enables it to survive, or it affects cells that support cancer growth, such as blood vessel cells. The Hunterdon Hematology Oncology, LLC team uses targeted therapy alongside other treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunology.  

Personalized targeted therapy further refines the targeting process by using information about the proteins and genes that make up your tumor. Each cancer is unique to its host, so determining what makes your cancer personal to you means the oncology team can use the most effective treatments.

What types of personalized targeted therapy are there?

There are a number of personalized targeted therapies, including:

Monoclonal antibodies

Monoclonal antibodies are able to bind to cancer cells and deliver chemotherapy and radiation therapy to the cells to greater effect. Immunotherapy also uses monoclonal antibodies.

Small-molecule drugs

Small-molecule drugs help prevent cancer cells from multiplying and spreading. One type of small-molecule drug is the angiogenesis inhibitor. Angiogenesis is how new blood vessels form, and tumors need blood vessels to feed them and help them grow. Angiogenesis inhibitors stop any new blood vessels from forming, helping to minimize the nutrition your tumor receives.

Some targeted therapies only work on one type of cancer, while others – known as tumor-agnostic or site-agnostic therapies – effectively treat multiple tumors. They work by targeting genetic changes instead of specific types of cells.

Personalized targeted therapy has many potential uses, with new types of treatments in development all the time.

What types of cancer can personalized targeted therapy treat?

FDA approved targeted therapies exist for the treatment of many types of cancers. Some of those for which it's most widely used include:

  • Breast cancer
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • B-cell leukemias
  • Melanoma

As personalized targeted therapy is so specific, it's only effective when treating cancers that fit a precise profile. For instance, with breast cancer, tumors that are human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) positive respond to personalized targeted therapy.

Some targeted therapies can even be harmful if used on the wrong tumors. For example, around 50% of melanomas have a BRAF gene mutation. There are numerous FDA-approved BRAF inhibitors, but if your tumor doesn't have the BRAF mutation, taking one of them could be dangerous.

The expert oncology team at Hunterdon Hematology Oncology, LLC has extensive experience and expertise in using personalized targeted therapy to improve outcomes for patients with cancer. 

They offer personalized targeted therapy and oral oncology treatments through their accredited specialty pharmacy, located onsite for your convenience.

Call Hunterdon Hematology Oncology, LLC, today to find out more or book an appointment online.