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Targeted Drug Therapy

Targeted drug therapy is a form of lung cancer treatment that works to stop cancerous cell growth and spare healthy tissues. Unlike chemotherapy, it affects only the areas it is administered to. There are two main types of targeted drugs used to treat lung cancer.

Two Main Types of Targeted Drug Therapy

Bevacizumab (Avastin)

This drug stops a tumor from creating a new blood supply, which helps stop tumor growth because it deprives the tumor of oxygen and nutrients that allow it to continue growing. Bevacizumab is often used along with chemotherapy.

Erlotinib (Tarceva)

This drug blocks the chemicals that send signals to cancer cells telling them to grow and divide. It is most often used in people who have recurrent and advanced non-small cell lung cancer when chemotherapy has failed to help them.

They are both available in a pill form, and patients being treated with these drugs need to take the pills every day.

Contact Us

If you are concerned about lung cancer or other lung diseases, please contact your physician to discuss ways to reduce your risk and whether or not you should be screened for cancer. If you do not have a physician, you may request a first time appointment with a member of our thoracic oncology team by calling 312-695-3800 or call our Physician Referral Service at 1-877-926-4664. You may also request a first time appointment online.

Last UpdateApril 19, 2011


To make an appointment with a physician, please call 1-877-926-4664.

New patients can request an appointment online.