Cancer Treatment

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There are many types of cancer treatment. The types of treatment that you have will depend on the type of cancer you have and how advanced it is. Some people with cancer will have only one treatment. But most people have a combination of treatments, such as surgery with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. You may also have immunotherapy, targeted therapy, or hormone therapy.

Clinical trials might also be an option for you. Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. Understanding what they are and how they work can help you decide if taking part in a trial is a good option for you.

When you need treatment for cancer, you have a lot to learn and think about. It is normal to feel overwhelmed and confused. But, talking with your doctor and learning all you can about all your treatment options, including clinical trials, can help you make a decision you feel good about. Our Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Treatment may help.

Types of Treatment

Methods used to treat cancer, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy.

Side Effects

Common side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, including their causes and ways to prevent or manage them.

Clinical Trials Information for Patients and Caregivers

What clinical trials are, why they are important, and things to think about and ask when deciding to take part.

Looking for a Clinical Trial?

Find an NCI-supported clinical trial—and learn how to locate other research studies—that may be right for you or a loved one.

A to Z List of Cancer Drugs

Consumer-friendly information about drugs and drug combinations used to prevent and treat cancer.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Healing philosophies, approaches, and therapies used in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in cancer care.

Questions to Ask about Your Treatment

Suggested questions to ask your doctor about treatment choices and the possible side effects of treatment.

Research

Find research articles on cancer treatment, which may include news stories, clinical trials, blog posts, and descriptions of active studies.

  • Posted: April 29, 2015

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