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Why Choose Us

Thanks to our partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, RWJUH offers patients access to exciting new treatments that are not available at most other hospitals, including targeted therapy. The unique partnership between research scientists at RWJUH and community physicians provides opportunities to match the right individual with the appropriate, ground breaking treatment.

What Is Targeted Therapy?

Standard chemotherapy works by killing cancer cells and some normal cells. But targeted therapy works by zeroing in on specific molecules in cancer cells, while causing minimum harm to normal cells and tissues. Using these targets, the drug disables the cancer cells so they cannot grow, survive, or spread.
Targeted therapy works in a few different ways. They drugs may:
  • Cause cancer cells to stop growing and spreading
  • Cause cancer cells to die on their own
  • Directly kill the cancer cells
Just as no two cancers are exactly alike, neither are the strategies for treating them. People with the same type of cancer may have different targets in their cancer cells and not all therapies work for all people with cancer. But at the same time, different cancers may have the same target. Targeted therapy can be given intravenously (injected in a vein or IV), in pills, or by injection. It is usually done on an outpatient basis. Your provider will decide whether targeted therapies may be an option for your type of cancer. In most cases, you may receive targeted therapy along with surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. You may receive these drugs as part of your regular treatment, or as part of a clinical trial.

Cancers Treated

There are targeted therapies that can treat certain types of cancers, including:
Other cancers that may be treated with targeted therapies include brain, bone, kidney, and stomach.

To learn more about our cancer specialists, visit our physician finder.