Cancer treatment information

Alternative Names

Cancer warning signs


The goals of cancer treatment are to:

  • Cure the cancer by killing or removing all cancer cells
  • Prevent or delay the cancer from coming back
  • Treat cancer symptoms (if the cancer cannot be cured)

The types of treatment depend on the type of cancer, but may include:

You may receive more than one type of treatment. This is called combined therapy.

Cancer warning signs include:

It is important to note that these symptoms may also be due to conditions other than cancer.

The following articles offer more detailed information:

For information on cancer-related organizations, see Cancer - support groups.


Perry MC. Principles of cancer therapy. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2007:chap 192.

Review Date: 
Reviewed By: 
David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.