Targeted therapies can be delivered in a variety of settings, including: at home, the doctor’s office, in a clinic, the outpatient department in a hospital and in a hospital. Your treatments may be given daily, weekly or monthly.
The most familiar way to administer targeted therapies is in a pill form or intravenously (IV). The IV can be given in three ways:
- IV Push – drug is inserted in a catheter from a syringe in minutes.
- IV Infusion – the drug takes about 30 minutes and it flows from a plastic bag with tubing that is attached to a catheter. The distribution of the drug is controlled by an IV pump.
- Continuous Infusion – controlled by an electric IV pump and can take from up to seven days.
Several issues will determine the length of the targeted therapy treatment:
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- Type of cancer
- Desired outcome
- Type of drug used
- How the body reacts to the drug