Cancer Treatment

Treatment of Cancer varies depending upon type, stage and overall condition of the cancer. In addition it depends upon the goal i.e. whether the treatment is to cure hte cancer, or prevent it from spreading, or to relieve the symptoms caused by cancer.  Depending on these factors, one may receive one or more of the following:

Surgery: Surgery is used to diagnose cancer, determine its stage, and to treat cancer.

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is any treatment involving the use of drugs to kill cancer cells.

Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, uses high-energy rays to damage or kill cancer cells by preventing them from growing and dividing.

Hormonal therapy: Hormones are naturally occurring substances in the body that stimulate the growth of hormone sensitive tissues, such as the breast or prostate gland.

Targeted therapy: A targeted therapy is one that is designed to treat only the cancer cells and minimize damage to normal, healthy cells.

One or more treatment modalities may be used to provide you with the most effective treatment.  Increasingly, it is common to use several treatment modalities together (concurrently) or in sequence with the goal of preventing recurrence.  This is referred to as multi-modality treatment of the cancer.



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