Use of Targeted Therapies for Cancer Treatment - RAD175B

Use of Targeted Therapies for Cancer Treatment

by Brittani Zurek, PharmD
(4.2 / 40 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (2.00 CE Credit)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Targeted therapies for cancer treatment are the foundation of precision treatment of aggressive cancers. Compared to chemotherapeutic agents and radiation therapy, which lack selectivity for cancer cells compared to healthy cells, targeted therapies are designed to affect specific molecular targets that have high expression in cancer cells. As more targeted therapies are approved and more patients are eligible for these treatments, healthcare professionals will have more exposure to these medications. It is imperative for them to be familiar with this group of medications because they play a major role in preventing dangerous drug interactions and minimizing severe side effects of targeted therapies. This course will provide information about targeted therapies. Molecular targets will be discussed, along with the risks and potential toxicities associated with specific therapies. Information on how to minimize drug interactions will also be presented.


Targeted therapies are a specialized form of cancer treatment. This goal of this course is to review new therapies and details about molecular targets, indications for use, associated toxicities, and therapy limitations. After studying the information provided here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the mechanisms of targeted therapies and how they treat cancer compared to traditional treatments.
  • Identify adverse effects and toxicities that can occur with the administration of targeted therapies.
  • Describe the differences between small molecule inhibitors and monoclonal antibodies.
  • Identify the molecular targets of target therapies.
  • Review the limitations of target therapy treatment.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists and imaging and radiation therapists.
Imaging and radiation therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This activity is approved for credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 10/16/2019 to 11/1/2020.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ASRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Course Originally Released on: 1/7/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/1/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/1/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Cynthia C - Mansfield, TX  ·  Mar 23, 2020
I learned some valuable information regarding chemo therapies. Different approaches and treatments.
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SUSAN H - Middletown, DE  ·  Mar 22, 2020
This is a very hard and complex course, especially for the non-oncology person
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Mailyn P - queen creek, AZ  ·  Mar 19, 2020
Well written, good read would recommend
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Adam G - Lake St Louis, MO  ·  Mar 12, 2020
Course contained a lot of detailed information.
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Dorothy H - Bowling Green, KY  ·  Feb 07, 2020
Very enlightening and detailed. Lots of info.
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Price: $20.00
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