You’ve been diagnosed, or someone close to you has a cancer diagnosis. You have questions about what comes next.
Discuss your treatment plan with your oncologist. Voice your questions. Together, you’ll determine treatment that gives you the best shot at success. Learn more about these common cancer treatments.
Common Cancer Treatments
Chemotherapy. Prescribed by your medical oncologist, chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses powerful medications to kill fast-growing cancer cells. Understand chemotherapy treatment for cancer.
Radiation therapy. Focuses an intense amount of high energy X-rays on cancerous tumors and the surrounding area. This method is prescribed by your radiation oncologist and is meant to destroy the fast-growing cancer cells. Know more about cancer treatment with radiation therapy.
Surgery. A process to repair or remove tissue in your body, surgery is a common treatment for cancer. It involves:
- Tumor removal, especially if the tumor is local and hasn’t spread.
- Debulking a tumor, or removing as much of the tumor as possible when full excision isn’t possible — like when a tumor is situated too close to an organ to safely remove it entirely.
- Symptom and side effect relief for pain or blockage caused by a tumor.
Hormone therapy. A common treatment for breast cancer and prostate cancer. Used to block hormones from attaching to cancerous cells or reduce your body’s ability to make certain hormones. Hormone therapy is used to shrink tumors, keep tumors from spreading, or prevent cancer from returning.
Clinical trials. New and cutting edge therapies, which could prove better than today’s standard treatments. If you participate in a clinical trial, you’re monitored very closely during the therapy process. Clinical trials make it possible for cancer researchers to gather valuable information and bring us closer to finding a cancer cure. The advancement in medicines and devices we use today were all made possible because of valuable patient participation in clinical trials. Explore current cancer clinical trials.
Palliative Care. Offers relief and improves quality of life for those who suffer the pain of a serious illness like cancer.
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