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Targeted therapy

Stage:

IV: Advanced/metastatic

Treatment Category:

Targeted therapy

Treatment:

Targeted therapy

Suitable for:

Suitable for people with advanced or metastatic bladder cancer, if specific mutations are present in the tumor genetic material and the cancer has continued to progress after treatment with other therapeutics, such as chemotherapy

How it works:

Works by targeting a specific genetic mutation that helps bladder cancer cells to grow. The targeted therapy blocks this part of the bladder cancer cell, which stops it growing

How it is typically used:

Used in people with advanced or metastatic bladder cancer in cases where the cancer has continued to progress after treatment with other therapies such as chemotherapy

How it is administered:

Taken as a pill

Side effects:
  • Mouth sores
  • Fatigue
  • Impacts on kidney or liver function
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Changes in fingernails/toenails
  • Changes in blood mineral levels
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes to sense of taste
  • Anemia
  • Dry skin
  • Dry eyes
  • Hair loss

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