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What are the side effects of targeted therapy for head and neck cancer?

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You’ll be given medications that work on the genes, proteins, and other parts of the cancer cells. Side effects of target therapy depend on the medication that is used. But often, they include problems with your skin, hair, nails, or eyes.

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Head and Neck Cancer -- Overview,” “Understanding Targeted Therapy.”

National Cancer Institute: “Head and Neck Cancers.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Head and Neck Cancer.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Head and Neck Cancer -- Overview,” “Understanding Targeted Therapy.”

National Cancer Institute: “Head and Neck Cancers.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Head and Neck Cancer.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 10, 2019

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