What about treatment? What should I ask?

Ovarian cancer is usually treated with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. Sometimes surgery alone is sufficent treatment. Here are some questions a woman may want to ask her doctor before treatment begins: What is the stage of the disease? What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend for me? Why? Do I need comprehensive surgical staging? Is it likely that aggressive debulking surgery will be required? Am I an individual who may require chemotherapy prior to my definitive surgery (this is ca...

Things to preapre for Cervical Cancer Treatment

Here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor before treatment begins: What is the stage (extent) of my disease? What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend? Why? What are the chances that the treatment will be successful? Would a clinical trial be appropriate for me? What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment? How long will treatment last? Will it affect my normal activities? What is the treatment likely to cost? What is likely to happen without treatment? How often ...

Are there clinical trials available for stomach cancer?

Yes, clinical trials are available for stomach cancer. Patients may consider clinical trials as a means of treatment. Clinical trials are studies of promising new or experimental treatments and are performed on patients. Clinical trials are performed only when the treatment being studied is likely to be of value to the patient. Participating in a clinical trial is up to the patient. Doctors and nurses will explain the study and its risks in detail and give the patient a form to read and sign, which is known...

What do I need to know about the treatment for colorectal cancer?

The doctor develops a treatment plan to fit each patient’s needs. Treatment for colorectal cancer depends on the size and location of the tumor, the stage of the disease, the patient’s general health, and other factors. Most people who have cancer want to learn all they can about the disease and their treatment choices so they can take an active part in decisions about their medical care. It helps to make a list of questions before seeing the doctor. Here are some questions you may want to ask before treatm...

What are the treatment options for thyroid cancer?

Because of advances in diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer, a longer and better life is possible for patients today. Treatment planning takes into account the type of thyroid cancer and the stage of the disease as well as the general health and age of the patient.  Four types of treatments may be used: Surgery is the most common treatment for thyroid cancer.  The goal of the surgery is to completely remove the tumor and a safe margin of the tissue around it.  Depending on the outcome of the surgery, t...