Your healthcare team will make treatment recommendations after learning as much as possible about your cancer and by following recommended expert guidelines, called “protocols.” Learning as much as possible about available options can help you have an informed discussion with your doctor.


An operation to remove the tumor.


A treatment using chemicals that kills cells that divide or grow rapidly.


A treatment using high energy x-rays or particle beams to treat cancer.

Targeted Therapies

A treatment that targets specific mutations in the cells.


Treatment that helps the body’s own immune system fight cancer.

Clinical Trials

Research studies to determine whether a new drug, combination of drugs, procedure or medical device is safe and effective.

Ablation Therapy

Minimally invasive procedure used to destroy a tumor.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Treatment that is not thought of as part of conventional medicine.

Maintenance Therapies

Medical therapy that is designed to help a primary treatment succeed.

Palliative Care

Care focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress with the goal of improving quality of life.

Photodynamic Therapy

A treatment that uses a photosensitizing agent and light source to treat cancer.

Hospice Care

Offers supportive and palliative care during end of life stages.