Priority 10 from the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer PSP

UNCERTAINTY: What targeted treatments are effective and have fewer short and long term side-effects? (JLA PSP Priority 10)
Overall ranking 10
JLA question ID 0060/10
Explanatory note Targeted treatment is a newer type of cancer treatment that uses drugs or other substances to more precisely identify and attack cancer cells. Cancer cells have changes in their genes (DNA) that make them different from normal cells. These changes mean that they behave differently. Cancer cells can grow faster than normal cells and sometimes spread. Targeted cancer treatments work by ‘targeting’ those differences that a cancer cell has.

Very broad area to search. Steering group concluded that this question is unanswered.

Health Research Classification System category Cancer
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples Are there more target treatment being developed that are better for the body's than chemo? ~ Is it possible to find agents which have fewer short and long term side effects?
Submitted by 1 x patients ~ 1 x parent/carers 
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0060
PSP name Teenage and Young Adult Cancer
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 185  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 19 January 2018