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How is cancer treated?

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Basically, there are three ways to treat cancer: with medicine (as well as with hormone therapy and immunotherapy), with radiation, and with surgery. Each treatment may be handled by a different specialist. Not every person will need all three types of treatments. It depends on your type of cancer and the stage of your cancer.

From: Your Cancer Specialists WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Terri Ades, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN, director of cancer information, American Cancer Society, Atlanta. Jan C. Buckner, MD, chair of medical oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Harold J. Burstein, MD, staff oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.  National Cancer Institute web site: "How to find a doctor or treatment facility if you have cancer."



Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 2, 2019

SOURCES: Terri Ades, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN, director of cancer information, American Cancer Society, Atlanta. Jan C. Buckner, MD, chair of medical oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Harold J. Burstein, MD, staff oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.  National Cancer Institute web site: "How to find a doctor or treatment facility if you have cancer."



Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 2, 2019

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