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p. 453. How is cancer treated?locked

  • Nicholas James

Abstract

The treatment of cancer is complex and involves the input of many different health professionals. ‘How is cancer treated?’ presents this complex picture as a journey from symptoms to diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, and palliative care, for those experiencing incurable recurrence. The roles of the different health professionals are outlined and the different tools available to them are described. The main classes of treatment: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy and their development and increasingly sophisticated application are examined with reference to specific types of cancer in order to show why cancer treatment is now safer, more effective and is continuing to be refined and improved.

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