Types of cancer treatments

earn about your treatment options to help you make the right decision for your needs.

Cancer tests

Your doctors will perform a number of tests to obtain a diagnosis, determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of your body and develop a treatment plan. The tests you have depend greatly on the type of cancers and your specific symptoms. These tests may include: CT scan MRI scan PET scan Ultrasound…

Complementary therapies

The most effective form of treatment for cancer is conventional medicine. Some people use complementary therapies as well to relieve side effects of their cancer treatments. Alternative therapies have not been shown to be effective in treating cancer. What are complementary therapies? Complementary therapies and medicines tend to focus on the whole person, and not just…

Side-effects

Treatment side effects vary depending on the type of cancer you have, the stage of the cancer, and the type of treatment you are given. The changes can be both physical and emotional. Some side effects resolve quickly; others can take weeks, months or even years to improve. Your body will cope with the treatment and…

Treatment decisions

Sometimes it is difficult to decide on the type of treatment to have. You may feel that everything is happening too fast. Check with your doctor how soon your treatment should start, and take as much time as you can before making a decision. Understanding the disease, the available treatments and possible side effects can…

Types of treatment

Your cancer treatment will depend on several factors, including the type of cancer you have, where it began and whether it has spread to other parts of your body. It will also depend on your general health and the type of treatment you choose and are prepared to have. In this section you will find…