Multimodality Treatment

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Choice of cancer treatment is influenced by several factors, including the specific characteristics of the cancer, the overall condition of the victim and whether the goal of treatment is to cure cancer, restrict the cancer from spreading, or to relieve the symptoms caused by cancer. Depending on these factors, the victim may receive one or more of the following:


  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Biological therapy
  • Personalized Cancer Care
  • Clinical Trials
  • Complementary & Alternative
  • Stem Cell Transplantation

All kind of therapy is having some own risks and benefits based on the fact the above treatments methods are listed.

    Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the three dominating methods in the field of treatment for cancer. However, foresaid methods are also there but it is not that much successful. The most of the cancer fall under surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In some cases surgery is not possible at that time chemotherapy and radiation therapy is the most preferable method of treatment.

    Human body has different sensitivity among drugs used for the treatment. Chemotherapy is successful only in specific sites such as lung, and blood cancer etc. Because of its adverse effects during the treatment it’s not so successful.
   
     If the surgery and chemotherapy failed, means the last option for treatment so far is radiotherapy. Because of emerging techniques in this field most of the cancer detected early is cured well with 100 % successful living rate. But it is little expensive treatment modality than above mentioned two methods. For example head & neck, brain tumours, abdominal, sarcomas, lymphoma’s etc. radiation are the best treatment method till now. In some cancers after the surgery doctors’ will advise to take the radiation to prevent or to avoid recurrence and the residual disease spreading.

Other than surgery, chemo, radiotherapy is not succeeding so much in the treatment of cancer. Because of that the popularity of the treatment methods is less to know among the people.


Questions:

1. What is the most preferable treatment method for head and neck cancers?

a) Chemotherapy and target therapy

b) Surgery and radiotherapy

c) Surgery and stem cell transplantation

d) All 


Answer:

1. b) Surgery and Radiotherapy


References:

1. http://news.cancerconnect.com

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