Articles Tagged ‘therapy’

New options and benefits regarding breast cancer treatment presented at ASCO

Sentinel lymph node biopsy. First of three panel illustration showing radioactive substance and/or blue dye is injected near the tumor, the injected material is followed visually or with a probe, and the first lymph nodes to take up the material are removed and checked for cancer cells.

Results from four separate clinical trials presented at ASCO this year should change clinical practice and could spare many women the side effects of some common cancer therapies.

Colorectal Cancer Treatment Options

chemotherapy drugs in vials

Colorectal cancer mortality rates have been declining in the last decade. Along with screening, advances in colorectal cancer treatment have played a pivotal role in reducing mortality rates. Surgery, traditional chemotherapy and newer targeted therapies have been important tools in treating this disease.

Radiation Therapy

Lattice face masks sitting on patient bed prior to radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses beams or particles of energy to kill cancer cells and/or reduce tumor size. Radiation therapy damages cells by affecting the genetic material that controls how cells grow and divide. Even though healthy cells are sometimes destroyed during radiation therapy, the ultimate goal is to target cancerous cells only.