20th August 2016

Treatments

There are numerous treatments for cancer. The aim of any treatment is to remove cancerous cells to try to ensure the cancer doesn’t return. This can be challenging because even if just one cancerous cell remains after treatment, it has the potential to create a new tumour.

The main techniques used to treat cancer are:bethesda-naval-medical-center-80380_1280

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Biological therapy

Biological therapies are treatments that act on processes in cells.

They may

  • Stop cancer cells from dividing and growing
  • Seek out cancer cells and kill them
  • Encourage the immune system to attack cancer cells