Surgery

Surgery is one of the main treatments for many types of cancer. Find out about when and why you might have it and what to expect before and after your operation.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is anti cancer drug treatment. Find out about when you might have it, how you have it and possible side effects.

Radiotherapy

Find out about cancer treatment with radiotherapy, including external radiotherapy, internal radiotherapy, side effects, radiotherapy for symptoms and follow up after treatment.

Cancer drugs

Find out about individual cancer drugs, cancer drug combinations, possible side effects and how to cope with them.

Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy blocks or lowers the amount of hormones in the body to stop or slow down the growth of cancer.

Bone marrow and stem cell transplants

Bone marrow or stem cell transplant are treatments for some types of cancer. You have them with high dose chemotherapy and sometimes radiotherapy.

Targeted cancer drugs

Targeted cancer drugs work by ‘targeting’ those differences that help a cancer cell to survive and grow. 

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy uses our immune system to fight cancer. It's a standard treatment for some types of cancer and is in trials for other types of cancer.

Bisphosphonates

This section tells you about bisphosphonates, including how they work and possible side effects.

Gene therapy

Gene therapy is a type of cancer treatment that is still in the early stages of research.

Other treatments

These are cancer treatments using medical technologies (interventional treatments) including laser treatment, photodynamic therapy and cryotherapy.

Complementary and alternative therapies

Learn what complementary and alternative therapies are, how they're used and what research there is.

Palliative treatment

Read about palliative treatment and how it can be used to relieve symptoms and improve your quality of life. 

Personalised medicine

Personalised medicine involves using information about a person’s cancer to help diagnose, treat and find out about how well treatment is working.

Access to treatment

Find out how decisions are made about which cancer treatments are available on the NHS. See how you can ask for a second opinion, make a complaint about your care, and who can support you with this.

Last reviewed: 
16 Jan 2017

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