There are countless cancer treatments out there, from chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, hormone therapy, stem cell transplant, and precision medicine.
Below, The Patient Story community shares their experiences with each type.
Patients should consult their doctors and medical experts about what might help their case. You can also check with the National Cancer Institute, which provides its most recent research.
Radiation therapy in high doses destroys or slows down the growth of cancer cells through damaging the cells’ DNA. When the DNA is damaged enough, the cells will stop dividing and die. The body then breaks down and removes those damaged cells.
Targeted therapy is a type of cancer treatment also known as precision medicine and molecularly-targeted drugs/therapies. This type of treatment refers to drugs that stop the growth and spread of cancer by disrupting or interfering with “molecular targets.” These molecules are involved in the cancer growth and spread.