we treat cancer?
The diagnosis and management of cancer is a complex process,
requiring the expertise of many highly trained individuals. This is
a multidisciplinary medicine, a term used to describe a treatment
approach that includes a number of doctors and other health care professionals
who are experts in different specialties. In cancer treatment, the
primary disciplines are medical oncology (treatment with drugs), surgical
oncology (treatment with surgery), and radiation oncology (treatment
What is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is treatment of cancer with drugs that kill
cancer cells. The goal of chemotherapy with drugs is to kill cancer
cells while minimizing the negative effect on normal, healthy cells.
Radiotherapy is the use rays with energy in the form of particles
or electromagnetic waves to kill tumors or control tumors. More than
50% of people with cancer undergo some type of radiation during their
Radiation may come from
a machine outside the body (external-beam radiation therapy), or it
may come from radioactive material placed in the body near cancer
cells (internal radiation therapy). When we use a radioactive substance,
such as a radio labeled monoclonal antibody that travels in the blood
to tissues throughout the body, it is called systemic radiation therapy.
These procedures are carried out in a highly protected environment.