What are targeted (biological) therapies?

Targeted therapies (sometimes known as biological therapies) can be used to stimulate the immune system, control the growth of cancer cells or to overcome side effects of treatment.

There are several types of targeted treatment:

There’s more information about each of these treatments in this section. Or, if you know the name of the drug you’re looking for, you can use the alphabetical list to find it.

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Angiogenesis inhibitors

Angiogenesis inhibitors are drugs that make it difficult for a tumour to develop a blood supply.

Cancer growth inhibitors

Cancer growth inhibitors are drugs that block signals that tell cancer cells to develop or divide.

Monoclonal antibodies

Monoclonal antibodies attach to receptors on the surface of cancer cells or other cells in the body.

Cancer vaccines

Cancer vaccines are a type of cancer treatment that are still in the very early stages of development.