Targeted (biological) therapies

Targeted and biological therapies for secondary cancer in the liver

How targeted therapies work

How targeted therapies work

This animation shows how targeted therapies work and what effect they have on the body.

About our cancer information videos

This animation shows how targeted therapies work and what effect they have on the body.

About our cancer information videos

Targeted therapies (sometimes called biological therapies) are substances that target the differences between cancer cells and normal cells.

There are several different types of targeted therapy. The type used will depend on where the cancer first started. They may be given alongside chemotherapy and can be given in different ways including:

  • by mouth (orally)
  • by injection under the skin (subcutaneously)
  • by injection into a vein (intravenously).

Side effects vary depending on the targeted therapy drug used. Your hospital team can tell you more.

We have information on all the commonly used targeted therapies.