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Short and Long-Term Side Effects of Targeted Therapy

Because it precisely targets cancer cells and doesn't harm nearby normal tissue, targeted therapy often causes fewer side effects than chemotherapy.

Each person and type of cancer is different. Not everyone will respond the same way to targeted therapy for cancer.

Side Effects of Targeted Cancer Therapy

Some side effects of targeted therapy may include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Nausea and vomiting (digestive discomfort)
  • Fatigue
  • Skin rashes

Managing Targeted Cancer Therapy Side Effects

Side effects of targeted therapy can last for a short time. Or, they may last through the end of your cancer treatment and beyond.

A few ways to help you manage side effects and symptoms of targeted cancer therapy include:

  • Maintaining a healthy diet.
  • Getting enough rest.
  • Reducing alcohol use.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Getting enough exercise.

Making sure you have social and emotional support is also helpful during cancer treatment.

At UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, your care team will keep a close eye on your overall health and wellbeing.

We'll work with you to reduce any side effects that may occur from targeted cancer therapy.

Contact Us About Medical Oncology and Chemotherapy

To learn more about medical oncology and chemotherapy or to make an appointment, you can: