Cancer treatments

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There are many ways to treat cancer. A doctor will recommend treatments based on the type of cancer, how advanced it is and you or your family member’s personal situation and wishes. Most people with cancer will have a combination of treatments.

If you’re a young patient being treated in a Youth Cancer Service (YCS), your team will develop a treatment plan with you.

The main types of treatment for cancer are:

  • Chemotherapy

  • Radiotherapy

  • Surgery

  • Hormone therapy

  • Immunotherapy

  • Complementary therapy

  • Bone marrow or stem cell transplant

  • Targeted therapy

  • Palliative care

  • Clinical trials

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When cancer’s in your life, Canteen is in your corner.


Cancer affects everyone differently. That’s why Canteen provides a wide range of support services to help you overcome the specific challenges you’re dealing with.

Whether you’re dealing with your parent’s cancera brother or sister’s cancer or your own diagnosis, we have got your back. We also have newer services specifically for parents too.

More info
Visit the Cancer Council for more information about the different types of treatment for cancer.