What Treatments Are Available?
The treatment used most often are:
- Surgery or cutting the cancer out
- Radiation or using energy rays aimed at the cancer cells
- Chemotherapy or using drugs that kill cancer cells
- Hormones or blocking the cancer cells from growing
Understanding Chemotherapy – An Introduction
Chemotherapy is the general term for any treatment involving the use of chemical agents to stop cancer cells from growing. This site gives you a good basic understanding of Chemotherapy.
Radiation therapy works by damaging cells. Normal cells are able to repair themselves, whereas cancer cells cannot. New techniques also allow doctors to better target the radiation to protect healthy cells. This site gives you a good basic understanding of radiation basics.
Understanding treatment options
Here is a good article about treatment options. It refers to brain cancer but the philosophy is universal.
The website RT Answers has some valuable explanations regarding what to expect before, during and after radiation therapy. Here is the link: