The aim of cancer treatment is either to cure the cancer, or to control it and relieve its symptoms.
Treatments can include:
- hormonal therapy
- targeted treatments (that target specific molecules within cancer cells).
It’s important to discuss your treatment options and what it may involve, for example, where you will have treatment. Cancer treatment does not always mean staying in hospital – it may mean visiting a hospital regularly but not staying.
Some people find that learning more about their treatment helps them feel prepared. It can also allow you to plan ahead to ask about how you are likely to feel during and after treatment. If you look after someone who is ill (if you are a carer), asking questions can help you anticipate any extra help that you and the person who is ill might need during and after your treatment.