Understanding how targeted therapies work
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Understanding how targeted therapies work

Elaine Vickers Founder of training provider Science Communicated, London
Maggie Uzzell Lecturer practitioner, The Royal Marsden School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation, London
Karen Burnet Cancer Research UK senior research nurse, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge

It is vital that nurses administering new cancer treatments are aware of how they work to have meaningful conversations with patients and health professionals. Elaine Vickers and colleagues explain the mechanisms of action of these drugs

This article briefly describes what is meant by ‘targeted cancer treatments’ and how they differ from chemotherapy, before considering why nurses need to understand the science behind these treatments and what nurses working in different contexts specifically need to know. A glossary of the terms used in the article is provided on page 21.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 11, 7, 14-22. doi: 10.7748/cnp2012.



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