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Treatment Decisions


It can often feel very overwhelming when you or a loved one is first diagnosed with cancer.  Before you have time to even wrap your mind around your diagnosis, you might be expected to start making treatment decisions.  Treatment options may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy, or sometimes even clinical trials.  You may focus on just one type of treatment or even a combination.  It is helpful to educate yourself on you or your loved one’s type of cancer and possible treatment options.  Different types of treatment are going to have different goals.  Some treatments may focus on curing the cancer, while others focus more on controlling the cancer and improving symptoms.  Talk to your healthcare team to help determine what your treatment options are.  Remember that it’s okay to ask for a second opinion.