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Precision medicine is an approach to cancer care that allows doctors to select treatments that are most likely to help patients based on a genetic understanding of their disease. With precision medicine, information about genetic changes in your tumor can help decide which treatment will work best for you. Even though researchers are making progress every day, the precision medicine approach to cancer treatment is not yet part of routine care for most patients. Many new treatments designed to target a specific change are being tested right now in precision medicine clinical trials.
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy is used to treat many types of cancer. For some people, chemotherapy may be the only treatment you receive. But most often, you will have chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. The types of treatment that you need depends on the type of cancer you have, if it has spread and where, and if you have other health problems.
Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that helps your immune system fight cancer. These treatments can either help the immune system attack the cancer directly or stimulate the immune system to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells. Targeted Therapy Targeted therapy is a type of cancer treatment that targets the changes in cancer cells that help them grow, divide and spread. As researchers learn more about the cell changes that drive cancer, they are better able to design promising therapies that target these changes or block their effects.
Hormone therapy is a treatment that slows or stops the growth of breast and prostate cancers that use hormones to grow. Hormone therapy is most often used along with other cancer treatments. The types of treatment that you need depend on the type of cancer, if it has spread and how far, if it uses hormones to grow, and if you have other health problems. When used with other treatments, hormone therapy can make a tumor smaller before surgery or radiation therapy; lower the risk that cancer will come back after the main treatment; or destroy cancer cells that have returned or spread to other parts of your body.
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