Once a diagnosis has been made, and cancer has been confirmed, the next part of the cancer journey is the treatment phase. There are three main ways to treat cancer: surgery
, cancer drugs
(chemotherapy), and radiation
. The goal of surgery is to remove tumours; the goal of chemotherapy and radiation is to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells.
The type of treatment you have depends on the type and stage of your cancer. Some patients have only one type of treatment, others a combination. Some patients might be placed in a clinical trial
. The process and timeframe for treatment and recovery varies greatly among patients.
Side effects of cancer treatments vary. Ask your healthcare team what type of side effects you might expect and how to manage them. Remember, side effects are not a sign of how well the treatment is working against your cancer.
Our website provides helpful information about treatment and side effects and also connects you with resources available from other reputable sources