Once a cancer diagnosis is confirmed, you will probably feel overwhelmed and scared. These feelings are normal. Remember that your cancer team
at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is doing everything possible to treat your cancer. Our doctors are incredibly experienced and understand risk management. They excel at finding the balance between treating the cancer aggressively and maintaining a high quality of life. Learn more about cancers we treat
During the treatment process, your oncologist (a doctor who specializes in cancer) works closely with you to create an individualized treatment program that meets your needs. You are probably wondering about your treatment options, what the side effects will be, and how they will affect your day-to-day life. Your health care team is here to answer any questions you have.
The treatment options for cancer vary from patient to patient. Factors that your doctors take into consideration when planning your treatment include:
- The kind of cancer you have
- How far the cancer has progressed (the stage of the cancer)
- Where in your body the cancer is found
- Your general health and medical history
Generally, the treatment options for cancer include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Certain treatments can be done on an outpatient basis, while others require hospitalization. Read on to find out how each treatment works to fight the cancer.