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The Possible Options for Cancer Treatment

Oncologists use different methods to treat cancer. However, the method used largely depends on the cancer type and its stage. After diagnosis, your oncology team will determine the right treatment option for you, which may include one or a combination of the following cancer treatments:

  • Chemotherapy – The method treats cancer by use of medications. You can take medications either intravenously or orally. Chemotherapy is a systematic approach because its impact goes past the cancer cells to the entire body. Although chemo medications attack cancerous cells, they can also attack healthy cells, and this may cause side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, infection, and fatigue. However, professional oncologists can manage these side effects.
  • Surgery – Most cancers can be treated surgically. The surgery depends on the body part affected by cancer and the amount of tissue that requires removal. Surgery may be minimally invasive or open depending on how big and severe the cancer is.
  • Radiation therapy – This method uses high radiation doses to shrink tumors or remove cancer cells. While some cancer patients may only require radiation therapy to treat the cancer, others may require a combination of this method with surgery and chemotherapy.
  • Cancer therapy – Cancer treatment usually takes different forms, but it typically begins with a primary treatment method, such as surgery, aimed at removing the tumor. However, the treatment process does not usually stop there. Even after removing the tumor, there is still a possibility of cancer returning. If oncologists establish that there is a high risk of cancer recurring, they may recommend adjuvant cancer therapy – a secondary cancer treatment that follows the primary treatment. The therapy can be systemic or local.

Detecting cancer early increases the chances of a cure. If you suspect that you may have cancer, schedule an appointment as early as possible at a cancer treatment center in Texas for early diagnosis.

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