• There are a few different ways to treat cancer
  • What kind of treatment you get will depend on what kind of cancer you have and how advanced it is
  • Your clinical team will work with you to find the best option, and to answer your questions

Different cancer treatments

Cancer is complicated – and so is cancer treatment. There are a lot of different treatments, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution because everyone is different.

The stage of your cancer is an important factor when deciding your treatment. You might even meet other people who have the same cancer as you but are being treated in a totally different way.

A team of doctors and specialists will work together to decide exactly what’s best for you – this is called a multidisciplinary team. It’s really important that you understand what’s planned and why – so never be afraid to ask. It can help to write down questions before your appointments, and to make notes at the time (or get someone else to do that for you).

And while cancer treatment can be tough at times, remember that everything you’re about to experience is designed with one thing in mind – successfully treating your cancer.

Find out more about the main types of cancer treatment below.


Find out about different kinds of radiotherapy used to treat cancer, how it works, and the side effects you might experience.

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Find out about chemotherapy as a cancer treatment, how it works, how long it takes and what side effects you might experience.

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Chemotherapy sideeffects

Find out about different side effects you might experience during chemotherapy, what might help you to feel better, and who can support you.

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Tests duringcancer treatment

Find out about tests you might have during cancer treatment, what they’re for and how they’re done.


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Medication duringcancer treatment

Find out what other medications you might be given during your cancer treatment, what they do, and how they’ll help you feel better.


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Surgery is one of the main treatments used to treat cancerous tumours – either on its own or in combination with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Find out more about what surgery for cancer involves, how long it takes, side effects and what questions to ask.


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Immunotherapy is a newer form of treatment. It helps your own immune system kill the cancer cells.


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Clinical trials

Doctors, scientists and researchers are constantly working to discover new cancer treatments and to improve the ones that already exist. You might be given the option to take part in a clinical trial for a new treatment.


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Find out more about what happens after a cancer diagnosis. Find out more >

Types of cancer

Find out more about the different types of cancer that are more common in young people, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Find out more ›

Support forfriends and family

Finding out someone you love has cancer can leave you feeling scared, upset, powerless, angry – even guilty. We have information to help support you and help you deal with whatever you’re going through. Find out more ›