Aims of treatment
It can help to have an idea of the aims of the treatment before making any decision.
Treatment can be given to:
cure a cancer
slow down the growth of a cancer
help relieve symptoms
make another treatment possible or more effective
reduce the risk of the cancer coming back.
It’s important to remember that everyone responds differently to cancer treatment and no one can guarantee how likely a treatment is to work in your situation.
If two or more treatments are likely to be equally effective, your decision about which to choose may be based on how the different treatments will affect you. What’s important for one person may not be for another. For some people, the possible side effects don’t matter if the treatment may help. Others may feel that the impact of possible side effects on their life will outweigh any possible benefit.