How do Targeted Cancer Therapies work?
Targeted cancer therapies interfere with cancer cell division (proliferation) in different ways. Many of these therapies focus on proteins that are involved in cell signaling pathways, such as cell division, cell movement, and even cell death. By blocking signals that tell cancer cells to grow and divide uncontrollably, targeted cancer therapies can help stop cancer progression and may induce cancer cell death through a process known as apoptosis. Other targeted therapies can cause cancer cell death directly, by specifically inducing apoptosis, or indirectly, by stimulating the immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells.