What Is Chemotherapy?

Sometimes referred to simply as “chemo,” is a cancer treatment used most often to describe many different kinds of drugs used to treat cancer. Chemotherapy may be used alone or with surgery and/or radiation. Your doctor will determine the best treatment plan for you and your cancer.

What is Targeted Therapy?

Targeted therapy is just that – targeted.  Traditional chemotherapy gets the good cells, the bad cells, and all in the in-between, targeted therapy focuses on the cancer cells only.  Targeted therapy works by stopping or slowing the growth or spread of cancer by going after the source. Additional testing is needed prior to treatment to drill down to the cells driving cancer.

Targeted therapy often has fewer side effects than chemotherapy because it doesn’t impact the good cells in your body. Targeted therapies can be given in pill form or through an infusion and may be given along with another treatment like chemotherapy or radiation.

What is Immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy works with your immune system instead of working against it to help your body fight off the cancer cells.   It is different from chemotherapy because instead of killing cells it’s building up against them.