Treatments

There is no single treatment for cancer. After careful assessment of your individual case, doctors use different treatments, or a combination of them, to achieve the best outcome. Find out more here about the main treatment types available.

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Surgery is one of the most common treatments for cancer, search for a specific cancer to find out what types of surgery are used to treat different types of cancer.

Radiotherapy uses high-energy rays to target and destroy cancer cells in the affected area. Find out more about radiotherapy.

Several different types of treatment are available or in development. Find out more about:

A clinical trial is a research study that looks for new ways of preventing, screening and treating cancer. Find out more about clinical trials and cancer research.

Learn more about the difference between conventional medicine and complementary & alternative therapies.

Hormones are substances that are found naturally in body. Sometimes when cancer develops certain hormones stimulate the cancer cells to grow. Hormone therapies stop the hormone being released or prevent it acting on the cancer cells.


This video tells you about the different ways cancer is treated. The information in this video was correct as of 1st August 2012.

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