Other cancer treatments

Because an individual’s cancer cells are unique, different people may receive different treatments, even if their cancer type is the same. Doctors will recommend the best treatment for an individual based on the type and stage of cancer, its genetic make-up, the person’s age and their general health.

Aside from targeted therapy, other treatments for cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, and immunotherapy.

These treatments may be used on their own or in combination. For example, you may have surgery to remove a tumour, followed by a targeted therapy drug to kill any remaining cancer cells.

For more on other cancer treatments, see Radiation therapy, Chemotherapy, Surgery and Immunotherapy or call 13 11 20.


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