- Advanced Cancer
- What is advanced cancer?
- What is metastatic cancer?
- Can advanced or metastatic cancer be prevented?
- How is advanced cancer found?
- How is advanced cancer treated?
- Surgery for advanced cancer
- Ablative techniques for advanced cancer
- Radiation therapy for advanced cancer
- Drug treatment for advanced cancer
- Clinical trials
- Complementary and alternative therapies for advanced cancer
- Managing symptoms of advanced cancer
- Problems grouped by where the cancer is
- What should you ask your doctor about your cancer?
- Coping with advanced cancer
- Sources of support
- Choices for palliative care
- Advance directives
- Additional resources for advanced cancer
- References: Advanced cancer
It may be hard to think and talk about cancer that has spread or that may no longer be responding to treatment. Everyone with cancer hopes that their cancer will be cured, but this is not always possible.
You may still get cancer treatment, but the goal may no longer be to cure the cancer. At this time care often focuses on ways to control the cancer and the symptoms it causes so you can enjoy life and feel as good as possible for as long as possible.
Doctors diagnose advanced cancer based on things like:
- How much cancer is present
- How far the cancer has spread
- How much the cancer has affected your physical condition
- Whether there is any effective treatment for the cancer
Here we will try to help you better understand what advanced cancer is, what you can expect if it happens, and what can be done for it. Talk to your cancer care team about any questions or concerns you have. They are best able to help you understand your situation, including the type and stage (extent) of your cancer, what your treatment options are, and the likely outcomes. Understanding your situation and your options can help you decide which course of action best suits you. You, your loved ones, and your medical team still have vital choices to make, and it’s important to keep in mind that you are still in control of what happens during this time.
Last Medical Review: 07/17/2012
Last Revised: 07/17/2012