Your healthcare team will make treatment recommendations after learning as much as possible about your cancer and by following recommended expert guidelines, called “protocols.” Learning as much as possible about available options can help you have an informed discussion with your doctor.

Surgery

An operation to remove the tumor.

Surgery
Chemotherapy

A treatment using chemicals that kills cells that divide or grow rapidly.

Chemotherapy
Radiation

A treatment using high energy x-rays or particle beams to treat cancer.

Radiation
Targeted Therapies

A treatment that targets specific mutations in the cells.

Targeted Therapy
Immunotherapies

Treatment that helps the body’s own immune system fight cancer.

Immunotherapy
Clinical Trials

Research studies to determine whether a new drug, combination of drugs, procedure or medical device is safe and effective.

Clinical Trials
Ablation Therapy

Minimally invasive procedure used to destroy a tumor.

Ablation Therapy
Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Treatment that is not thought of as part of conventional medicine.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Maintenance Therapies

Medical therapy that is designed to help a primary treatment succeed.

Maintenance Therapies
Palliative Care

Care focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress with the goal of improving quality of life.

Palliative Care
Photodynamic Therapy

A treatment that uses a photosensitizing agent and light source to treat cancer.

Photodynamic Therapy
Hospice Care

Offers supportive and palliative care during end of life stages.

Hospice Care