The aim of treatment will depend on your situation, including:
- the type of cancer you have
- the stage and grade of the cancer
- your general health
- the treatment options available.
Treatment can aim to:
- remove a cancer
- slow down or help control the growth of a cancer
- relieve symptoms
- make another treatment possible or more effective
- reduce the risk of the cancer coming back.
Your doctors will be able to tell you about the aim of treatment for you.
Sometimes, your doctor will offer you a choice of treatments that are equally effective. If this happens, your decision about which treatment to have may be based on how the different treatments will affect you.
It is important to remember that everyone responds differently to treatment. No one can say exactly how you might feel during a treatment, or guarantee that a treatment will work for you.