Targeted therapy drugs, sometimes called biological therapies, target the differences between cancer cells and normal cells. A targeted therapy drug called sorafenib (Nexavar®) can be used to treat HCC that is advanced or has spread to other parts of the body. Other targeted therapy drugs may be used in clinical trials.
Sorafenib interferes with the signals that tell cancer cells to grow and stops the cancer from making new blood vessels. It may help to slow the tumour from growing and relieve symptoms. Doctors usually prescribe it for as long as it works well for you.
You take sorafenib as a tablet, twice a day at the same time. For most people, the side effects are usually mild and may lessen after a few weeks. Always tell your doctor or nurse about any side effects you have. They can prescribe drugs to help control them and give you advice about managing them.