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About Cancer Treatment

Treatment Protocols for Cancer: Overview
The conventional, primary methods of treating cancer are surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and immunotherapy/biological therapy. Your doctor will determine which treatment or treatments are best for you.

Preparing a Patient For Cancer Treatment
The first step in preparing for your cancer treatment is to find an oncologist and treatment center. Ask your general or primary care physician for a referral or contact government and professional medical organizations, such as your state's health department, the National Cancer Institute, or the American Medical Association, for information on cancer specialists and treatment centers in your area.

The Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
Chemotherapy and radiation treatments save lives. They also can bring a variety of temporary but unpleasant side effects.

Symptom Record Log
Use this chart daily to record the symptoms that you are experiencing. Rate the symptoms according to severity, using a scale of 1 to 4.

Coping with Dry Mouth During Cancer Therapy
Dry mouth is a common complaint during some types of cancer treatments.

Seniors: Getting the Best Cancer Care
Older adults are less likely to be screened for cancer in the first place. And if they are diagnosed with cancer, it's less likely that their doctors will recommend treatment to cure the cancer.

Cancer Treatment Team
Your cancer treatment may involve several types of health care professionals who, with you, form the "cancer care team."