Having cancer doesn't mean you have to lose hope. The good news is that cancer is now increasingly treatable. With the advancements made in cancer research many cancers can now be cured while many others can be controlled. If cancer can’t be controlled, symptoms can be relieved to make life more comfortable.
The best form of treatment will be decided based on the type of cancer and how far it has progressed in the body. A combination of treatment options could also be used if it is believed that it will help in the treatment process. Each person undergoing treatment must have a detailed discussion with their doctor(s) about treatment options applicable to her.
Some other forms of treatment are:
This treatment method adds, blocks, or removes hormones. For certain conditions (such as diabetes or menopause), hormones are given to adjust low hormone levels. To slow or stop the growth of certain cancers (such as breast cancer), synthetic hormones or other drugs may be given to block the body’s natural hormones. Sometimes surgery is needed to remove the gland that makes a certain hormone. This method is sometimes also referred to as endocrine therapy.
This treatment procedure restores stem cells that have been destroyed by high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Some common transplantation procedures are bone marrow transplantation and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.
It is also advisable to discuss any alternative therapy you might be considering instead of or in addition to the primary treatment option being suggested.