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ACS & ASCO are Stronger Together: Cancer.Net content is?now available on cancer.org.

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Treatment Types

Planning cancer treatment can take time and you should talk to your doctor about how long you can expect to wait until treatment starts.? It's important to learn about all your treatment options to make the decision that is best for your situation.

Types of Cancer Treatment

Many procedures and drugs are available to treat cancer, with many more being studied. Some are "local" treatments like surgery and radiation therapy, which are used to treat a specific tumor or area of the body. Drug treatments (such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or targeted therapy) are often called "systemic" treatments because they? can affect the entire body. Learn about the most common types of treatment for cancer here.

Treatment Approaches

There are many different approaches for treating cancer, depending on the type of cancer, how advanced it is, what types of treatment are available, and what the goals of treatment are. Learn about how cancer treatments might be used in certain situations here.