The most common treatments for cancer are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Surgery can be used to remove the disease and sometimes the body part affected by cancer. Surgery is not used for all types of cancer. For example, blood cancers like leukemia are best treated with drugs.
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells or slow their growth. Because chemo drugs travel to nearly all parts of the body, they are useful for cancer that has spread. Chemo can be given before surgery to reduce the burden of tumour or after surgery to control the microscopic disease left behind.
Radiation is also used to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. It can be used alone or with surgery or chemo.
Your cancer treatment will depend on what’s best for you.
♦ Some cancers respond better to surgery; others respond better to chemo or radiation.
♦ Knowing the type of cancer you have is the first step toward knowing which treatments will work best for you.
♦ The stage of your cancer will also help the doctor decide on the best treatment for you.
♦ Your health and the treatment you prefer will also play a part in deciding about cancer treatment.
Cancer treatments do have some side effects, so ask about what to expect with each treatment.
Cancer treatment is a multimodality treatment means requires co-operation of multiple departments for better outcome. It requires co-ordination between
• Surgical oncologist.
• Medical oncologist.
• Radiation oncologist.
• Radiologist (Onco).
• Plastic surgeon.
• Blood bank.
• + many more
• Best chance of cure is at first attempt and proper treatment.
• Right Rx at right time at right place under expert hands.
• Don’t ignore painless lumps.
• Seek early treatment.
• Best results are in early stages.
• Proper treatment is must for cure.
• Rx to be decided by doctor and not by patient.
• Relief of symptoms can be offered even in late stages.