Hospitals and Clinics

Oncology

Description

 

Cancer Treatments

 


Surgery.
 

 

The goal of surgery is to remove the cancer or as much of the cancer as possible.

 

 Chemotherapy. 

 

Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells.

 

Radiation therapy. 

 

Radiation therapy uses high-powered energy beams, such as X-rays or protons, to kill cancer cells. Radiation treatment can come from a machine outside your body (external beam radiation), or it can be placed inside your body (brachytherapy).

 

Immunotherapy. 

 

Immunotherapy, also known as biological therapy, uses your body's immune system to fight cancer. Cancer can survive unchecked in your body because your immune system doesn't recognize it as an intruder. Immunotherapy can help your immune system "see" the cancer and attack it.

 

Hormone therapy. 

 

Some types of cancer are fueled by your body's hormones. Examples include breast cancer and prostate cancer. Removing those hormones from the body or blocking their effects may cause the cancer cells to stop growing.

 

 Targeted drug therapy. 

 

Targeted drug treatment focuses on specific abnormalities within cancer cells that allow them to survive.

 

Radiofrequency ablation. 

 

This treatment uses electrical energy to heat cancer cells, causing them to die. During radiofrequency ablation, a doctor guides a thin needle through the skin or through an incision and into the cancer tissue. High-frequency energy passes through the needle and causes the surrounding tissue to heat up, killing the nearby cells.

 

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