Cancer can strike any gender or age group. Lung cancer, liver cancer, bone cancer and stomach cancer are common. Depending on the type of cancer, various treatments may be initiated in an effort to eradicate or kill cancer cells. Cancer treatments vary according to the stage the cancer is discovered, as well as location and overall health of the patient.
Common Cancer Treatments
· Biological or hormone therapy
Chemotherapy involves the use of medications to attack and kill cancer cells. This type of treatment is used when cancer has metastasized, or spread to other areas within the body.
A specific type of x-ray called radiation is involved in radiotherapy cancer treatment. This type of treatment damages or disables cancer cells through the use of radiation, which prevents certain cancer cells from multiplying.
New treatments have been designed to use proteins to initiate the immune system to produce increased amounts of white blood cells that attack viruses, bacteria and cancers, through what is called biological therapy.
Hormone therapy is often the first step in treating prostate or breast cancers that are discovered in early stages of development. Various drugs that contain hormones are used in this type of therapy.
Surgery is often employed to remove cancerous tumors as well as affected tissues in the body. Surgical procedures may be used to treat cancers in the colon, liver, lungs, brain and other body organs.