cancertreatment

What is cancer treatment?


The goals of cancer treatment are to: Kill or remove cancer cells Prevent or delay the cancer from coming back Treat cancer symptoms (if the cancer can not be cured) The types of treatment depend on the specific type of cancer, but may include: Chemotherapy Radiation Surgery You may receive more than one type of treatment. This is called combined therapy. Cancer warning signs include: A change in bowel or bladder habits A sore that does not heal Unusual bleeding or drainage Thickening or lump in the breast or elsewhere Indigestion or swallowing difficulty A change in a wart or mole Persistent cough or hoarseness It is important to note that these symptoms may also be due to conditions other than cancer. The following articles offer more detailed information: Breast cancer Brain cancer - adults Brain cancer - children Cancer - general overview Cervical cancer Colon cancer Esophageal cancer Kidney cancer Leukemia Liver cancer Lung cancer Lymphoma Oral cancer (includes mouth cancer) Ovarian cancer Pancreatic cancer Penis cancer Prostate cancer Skin cancer Stomach cancer Testicular cancer Thyroid cancer Uterine cancer (endometrial cancer) Vaginal cancer Vulvar cancer For information on cancer-related organizations, please see Cancer - support groups.

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Cancer

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Cancer Treatment - National Cancer Institute

Information on standard, complementary, and alternative methods of cancer treatment, on specific anticancer drugs, and on drug development and approval.

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ACS: Types of Treatment

Features information about various treatment options, including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

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Cancer Treatment - Information and Resources at Mayo Clinic

Cancer Treatment information for patients, including research and clinical trials at Mayo Clinic.

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Management of cancer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancer with drugs ("anticancer drugs") that can destroy cancer cells. In current usage, the term "chemotherapy" usually ...

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CancerCare :: Professional Support for People Affected by Cancer

CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.

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BreastCancer.org - Breast Cancer Treatment Information and Pictures

Breast Cancer Information from a Nonprofit Organization.

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Cancer: Choosing a Treatment Program -- familydoctor.org

Learn about your options when choosing a cancer treatment program, including surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

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Treatment for Cancer - Cancer Treatment Options

A cancer patient's treatment for cancer can include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery, and immunotherapy. Many times, a combination of these ...

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Cancer Treatment

Kidney cancer treatments - Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute provides cancer treatment - view our menus sorted by type of cancer, treatment options, ...

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Diet - cancer treatment
People with cancer need special nutritional planning and management.

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Cancer
Cancer is a term that is used to refer to a number of conditions where the body's cells begin to grow and reproduce in an uncontrollable way. This rapid growth of cancerous cells is known as a malignant tumour. These cells can then invade and destroy healthy tissue, including organs.

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Tumor
A tumor is an abnormal growth of body tissue. Tumors can be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign).

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Malignancy
Goldman L, Ausiello D. Cecil Textbook of Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier, 2007:1345-1348.

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Cervical Cancer
Pre-cancerous changes of the cervix and cervical cancer can not be seen with the naked eye. Special tests and tools are needed to spot such conditions.

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Melanoma
The cancerous skin cells and a portion of the normal surrounding skin usually have to be surgically removed. A procedure called surgical lymph node biopsy may be necessary to check if the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes. If it has, these lymph nodes may also need to be removed. A skin graft may be necessary after the surgery if a large area of skin is affected. Only the smallest and most shallow melanomas can be cured by surgery alone, so early diagnosis is very important. Radiation...

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Cushing syndrome due to adrenal tumor
Cancerous adrenal tumors can spread to the liver or lungs.

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Cholangiocarcinoma
Cancerous tumors of the bile ducts are usually slow-growing and do not spread (metastasize) quickly. However, many of these tumors are already advanced by the time they are found.

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Salivary gland tumors
Cancerous tumors may cause further complications. Rarely, surgery to remove the tumor can injure the facial nerve, which controls movement of the face.

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Biopsy - biliary tract
Cancerous liver tumors (those that either started in the liver or spread to it) Cholangiocarcinoma Liver cysts Pancreatic cancer Primary sclerosing cholangitis

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Cancer, Skin
The main symptom of basal cell carcinoma is the appearance of a bump and/or discoloured patch of skin that does not heal. The bumps and patches of discoloured skin are actually tumours (a collection of cancerous cells).

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