The goal of cancer treatment is to kill as many of the cancerous cells while reducing the damage to normal, healthy cells nearby. Your treatment option will depend on the type of cancer you have, what stage it is in, and the state of your general health. The three main kinds of treatments are:
- Surgery to directly remove the tumor
- Chemotherapy, where you use chemicals to kill the cancer cells
- Radiation therapy, where you use X-rays to kill the cancer cells
Cancer is unique, and one cancer type in an individual can be very different from that same type of cancer in another individual. With cancer, you have the best shot at recovery when it is treated early. Make sure you see a doctor regularly so that cancer can be caught as soon as possible, and treatments can begin.