People with cancer of the pancreas who can’t have surgery may receive a type of drug called targeted therapy.
- Targeted cancer therapies are drugs or other substances that interfere with specific molecules involved in cancer cell growth and survival. Traditional chemotherapy drugs, by contrast, act against all actively dividing cells.
- Targeted cancer therapies that have been approved for use against specific cancers include agents that prevent cell growth signaling, interfere with tumor blood vessel development, promote the death of cancer cells, stimulate the immune system to destroy cancer cells and deliver toxic drugs to cancer cells.
Ask your Medical Oncologist whether you are a candidate for such treatment.