The type of treatment you need will depend on the type of cancer you have,
its location, its growth and the stage of development it’s reached.
Some patients will only have one treatment, but most have a combination,
such as surgery with radiation therapy.
Cancer treatments and your body’s reactions to them will vary, so
your healthcare team will discuss your best options for care and will
explain the process step by step. Be sure to talk to your patient navigator
at any point about questions or concerns.
Some of the major ways to treat cancer are with:
Your healthcare plan may include a combination of two or three of these
types of treatment, and each method requires a specialist in that technique.
For instance, if your treatment required surgery, your cancer care team
would consult a specialized surgeon for those needs, and if you need chemotherapy,
a medical oncologist would be added to your treatment team to oversee
your chemo and manage your care.
These specialists work collaboratively as a team to ensure each patient
gets the treatments needed for their individual case. At Pennington Cancer
Center, we have physicians on our staff who specialize in each of the
different types of cancer, as well as different types of treatment.