Targeted therapy uses specific medications to seek out and destroy cancer cells or systems that support the cancer cells. One drug used for cervical cancer, bevacizumab, stops the growth of new blood vessels that enhance tumor growth. It is used in advanced stages of cervical cancer in combination with chemotherapy.
Side effects of targeted therapy can be serious and may include: BleedingBlood clotsProblems with wound healingAn abnormal connection between the vagina and intestine—fistula (rare)
If you have any side effects, talk to your doctor. The earlier these effects are addressed, the less of an impact they will have.
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Last reviewed December 2014 by Mohei Abouzied, MD
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