Types of cancer treatments

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

Cancer tests

Your doctors will run a number of tests to get a diagnosis, see if the cancer has spread to other parts of your body and develop a treatment plan. The tests you have will depend on the type of cancer and your specific symptoms. These tests may include: Physical examination Blood tests Biopsy Bone scan…

Complementary therapies

Conventional cancer treatments have been through a research process to see whether they work and are safe. This is known as evidence-based medicine. While some complementary therapies are supported by strong evidence, others are not. As their use increases, many are now being scientifically tested to see whether they are safe for people with cancer…

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, or you might be anxious to get started. Check with your specialist how soon treatment should begin – often it won’t affect the success of the treatment to wait a while. Ask them…

Types of treatment

Your cancer treatment will depend on the type of cancer you have. Your medical team will recommend treatment based on what will give you the best outcome, where the cancer is, whether and how the cancer has spread, your general health and your preferences. The treatment options you are offered will depend on the guidelines…