The main goal is to get rid of your cancer. This can happen with one type of treatment (such as surgery) or a mix of treatments, such as surgery Surgery for Cancer Cancer surgery is when doctors operate on you to cut out your cancer. Usually, doctors operate only when: The cancer hasn't spread (metastasized) anywhere Your body is strong enough to go through... read more and chemotherapy Chemotherapy Chemotherapy is a medicine that destroys cancer cells. Chemotherapy works by shutting down cell growth. But since all cells in the body grow, chemotherapy medicines also destroy some normal... read more (medicine that destroys cancer cells) and radiation therapy Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses beams of radiation to destroy cancer cells and shrink cancer tumors. Doctors use radiation to treat many types of cancer, including head, neck... read more .
If it isn’t possible to remove your cancer, doctors will try to shrink it, make you more comfortable, and lessen your symptoms to help you feel better.
Treating cancer is complex, and doctors and other healthcare professionals work together as a team. Your team may include primary care doctors, specialists, surgeons, physician assistants, radiation therapists, nurses, social workers, and pharmacists.
Your doctors will choose the type of treatment (called a treatment protocol) that’s best for your cancer.
Doctors decide on the best treatment for your cancer based on:
Talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of different treatments.
Treatment protocols are standard methods developed by doctors to treat certain types of cancer. These plans have been tested carefully in research studies called clinical trials. In clinical trials, doctors compare new drugs and treatments with standard treatments to help tell whether the new treatments work better. Many people with cancer are offered the chance to be in a clinical trial. Talk with your doctor about the advantages and disadvantages of being in a trial.
Doctors will check to see how well your treatment is working to fight cancer. During your treatment, doctors may:
If treatment works on your cancer, you may have: