Understanding the Different Types of Cancer Treatments

Understanding the Different Types of Cancer Treatments

04-19-2017

For any person, one of the most difficult things they can go through is finding out they have some type of illness or condition that can threaten their way of life. One of the most devastating is cancer. Most people hear this and immediately think of the impacts that this condition can have on their lives. Luckily, there are some treatment options that may be available to the cancer patient, which increases the importance of early detection to identify the type of cancer, the seriousness, and the best option for treatment.

Common Types of Treatment

Some of the most common types of treatments for cancer are the ones that are often talked about in the news and in movies or other media. They are:

  • Surgery – If detected early enough, cancer may be removed by surgery. This method is imperative in diagnosing cancer and determining if it has spread throughout the body. There are various techniques of cancer surgery and they are used to remove the cancer cells from the body before it becomes a bigger problem.
  • Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy is the use of medication to help treat cancer. For many, the simple idea of going through chemotherapy can be difficult because it is associated with nausea and other uncertainties. Understanding how it works and what to expect can help, but it has proven to be effective in treating cancer.
  • Radiation therapy – When a cancer patient undergoes radiation therapy, they are going through a treatment which uses high-energy particles to help kill the cancer cells. It can be used with other treatment options or as a standalone treatment.

Targeted therapy and immunotherapy are other common options to help treat cancer.

Less Common Options

There are other options available to cancer patients as well, but they are not as common as those listed above. These are often more complex or may not be as proven in some cases, but they are still considered possible options. These include stem cell transplant, hyperthermia, photodynamic therapy, blood transfusion, or laser treatment.

At Garden City Hospital, we aim to help patients with the care and treatment they need, especially when dealing with a serious condition such as cancer. We are dedicated to helping you understand all of your treatment options and making the right decision for you.

Call us today to schedule your appointment and discuss your treatment options.

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