Treatment Options for Other Forms of Cancer
Cancer treatment recommendations may vary based on the specific type of cancer involved, its staging and the best possible course of action to increase the likelihood of survival while working to maintain quality of life. In many cases, a multi-pronged approach may be used to attack cancer cells and help prevent their return.
While some forms of cancer have treatment protocols that are specific to them, such as prostate and breast cancer, other types of the disease may call for the use of a variety of different techniques to eradicate cancer cells, shrink tumors and increase survival rates. These treatments by be used on their own or in combination with each other depending on the best possible strategy for a particular case at hand:
• Surgery – Surgery is generally performed for tumor removal in the hope of eliminating cancer cells entirely. Surgery is typically performed when a tumor is readily accessible and its removal can help increase survival odds.
• Chemotherapy – This involves the use of a combination of medications that work to effectively kill cancerous cells. This therapy may be used in conjunction with surgery and radiation to shrink tumors and assist in killing off any stray cells following a surgical procedure.
• Radiation – This treatment involves the use of a targeted radiation beam to kill cancer cells by destroying their DNA. Radiation may be used in conjunction with surgery and/or chemotherapy to better ensure cancer cell eradiation while helping prevent recurrences.
The treatment strategy recommended by an oncologist will depend on the type of cancer being addressed, its stage and the potential benefits for the patient. There is no one-size-fits-all cancer treatment to address all forms of the disease. Patients are urged to speak with their physicians about the treatment options being recommended in their specific cases.