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Treatments and Side Effects

In this section you'll find general information about the types of treatments used against cancer. This includes both traditional therapies (such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy), newer forms of treatment (including information on clinical trials), and complementary and alternative therapies. We'll also discuss the possible side effects of these treatments. For more specific information on how a certain type of cancer is treated, please visit our Learn About Cancer section.

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Types of Cancer Treatment

Find out what you need to know about the many types of cancer treatment. Learn how they work and why they are used, and get an idea of what to expect and how they might affect you if you're getting them.

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Clinical Trials

Some cancer treatments are still experimental and are only available through clinical trials. Here you can learn how clinical trials work, find tools to help you decide if a clinical trial may be right for you, and search for specific studies you may be eligible to take part in.

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The terms "complementary" and "alternative" are sometimes used to refer to non-traditional methods of diagnosing, preventing, or treating cancer or its symptoms. Here you'll find general information to help you better understand what these terms mean and how to decide if using them is right for you. You'll also find a wealth of information on specific complementary and alternative treatments.