Before treatment starts, you will meet with a medical oncologist. This is a healthcare provider who specializes in treating cancer with medicines. He or she will discuss your treatment options with you and explain what you might expect.
Depending on the medicines you are taking, they may be pills that you swallow. Or you may get them through an IV (intravenous) line in a vein. This may take several minutes or hours.
In most cases, you will have targeted therapy as an outpatient. That means that you get it at a hospital, clinic, or healthcare provider's office, and you go home the same day. In some cases, you may need to stay in the hospital during treatment.
You'll be watched for reactions during your treatments.
Some targeted medicines are given along with chemotherapy. Others are given alone.