What is targeted therapy?

Targeted therapies are drugs that use unique features of the cancer to find and treat cancer cells. These drugs only target the cancer cells, so they have less effect on healthy cells.

We have more general information about targeted therapies.


Olaparib (Lynparza®) is a targeted therapy drug used if high-grade serous cancer has come back after other treatments.

This drug is only used if:

You have a course of chemotherapy before you start olaparib. The chemotherapy gets rid of as much of the cancer as possible. You then take olaparib capsules twice a day to stop the cancer growing again. Your cancer doctor or nurse will explain how long you can keep taking olaparib.


Bevacizumab (Avastin®) is a targeted therapy drug sometimes used to treat advanced cancer. You usually have this drug in combination with chemotherapy and then on its own. Your nurse will give it to you into a vein as an infusion (drip).

Some people may have this drug as part of a cancer research trial (clinical trial). But bevacizumab is not widely available through the NHS.

When a drug is not available through the NHS, it may still be possible to access it in some situations. Your cancer doctor can give you advice about this.

We have more information about what you can do if a treatment is not available.

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