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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Treatment Types

Find out what you need to know about the most common types of cancer treatment, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and many others. 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

Clinical trials are studies in which people volunteer to take part in tests of new drugs or procedures. Doctors use clinical trials to develop new treatments for serious diseases such as cancer. In this section you can learn about clinical trials in general, 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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Guide to Cancer Drugs

Get detailed information about the medicines used to treat cancer, including chemotherapy and targeted therapy drugs, as well as medicines used to help relieve cancer symptoms.

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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.

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Physical Side Effects

In this section you'll find information about the physical side effects that can be caused by different cancer treatments.

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Emotional Side Effects

In this section you can learn more about the types of feelings people with cancer commonly experience during and after treatment. We also offer suggestions for healthy ways deal with these common feelings.

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Palliative or Supportive Care

Palliative care (or supportive care) is care that focuses on relieving symptoms caused by serious illnesses like cancer. It can be given at any point during a person’s illness to help them feel more comfortable. The information here will help you learn more about palliative care, sometimes also called supportive care.


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