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Cancer is treated in many ways. Many people with cancer will have combined therapy where more than one type of treatment is used. The treatment plan will be tailored around the individual person and their cancer, it is often the case that two people with the same cancer will have different treatment. This is normal as the treatment must be planned around the type of cancer, the stage of the disease, the extent of spread if the cancer has spread, the general health of the person and individual choices regarding treatment.
There are some treatments that are commonly used in the treatment of cancer; these include:
Many people will require more than one of these treatments; this is usual and does not mean that the cancer is any worse. The treatments are given in combination to achieve different outcomes, for example one treatment may be given to remove the existing cancer and another may be given to prevent the cancer from spreading further. Again, this treatment depends upon the individual's cancer and their circumstances and is not the same for each person.
The side effects of treatment will depend upon the treatment given. This will be discussed with the patient by the team who deliver the treatment.
For more information about a particular treatment, speak to the treatment team or call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.
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