Cancer treatment

Cancer treatment

  • Surgical therapy
    • Oldest form of cancer treatment
    • Meets a variety of goals
    • Trend is toward less radical surgeries
  • Role of surgery in cancer treatment
  • Prevention
    • Removal of non-vital organs to prevent cancer
  • Diagnosis
    • Biopsy
  • Palliation of symptoms
    • Relief of pain
    • Obstruction
    • Hemorrhage
  • Rehabilitation
    • Reconstructive surgery
  • Determine the diagnostic and treatment plan
    • Clinical staging
  • Cure and/or control of cancer
    • Removal of localized cancer tissue
      • Primary site
      • Site of metastasis
  • Supportive care
    • Insertion of therapeutic devices (e.g., feeding tubes, suprapubic catheter)


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