Cancer treatment information
Cancer warning signs
The goals of cancer treatment are to:
- Cure the cancer by killing or removing all cancer cells
- Prevent or delay the cancer from coming back
- Treat cancer symptoms (if the cancer cannot be cured)
The types of treatment depend on the type of cancer, but may include:
You may receive more than one type of treatment. This is called combined therapy.
Cancer warning signs include:
- A change in bowel or bladder habits
- A sore that does not heal
- Unusual bleeding or drainage
- Thickening or lump in the breast or elsewhere
- Indigestion or swallowing difficulty
- A change in a wart or mole
- Persistent cough or hoarseness
It is important to note that these symptoms may also be due to conditions other than cancer.
The following articles offer more detailed information:
For information on cancer-related organizations, see Cancer - support groups.
Perry MC. Principles of cancer therapy. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2007:chap 192.
David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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