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Targeted Therapy

Side Effects of Targeted Therapy

While the side effects of targeted therapy may not be as severe as chemotherapy or other cancer treatments, they do exist. While the specific side effects of targeted cancer therapy will depend on the drug being used, common side effects include: skin problems, such as rash, dry skin, itching, red and sore cuticles, changes in hair growth, painful sensitivity, redness and swelling of the hands and feet (a condition called hand-foot syndrome), and changes in hair or skin color; high blood pressure; problems with bleeding or clotting; and problems with wound healing.

Less common side effects associated with targeted therapies include: diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, constipation, mouth sores, cough, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue and low blood cell counts. 

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