Do you want to know more about a specific procedure? Perhaps you’re considering different options or maybe you and your doctor have already decided that a certain procedure would be helpful to you.
A procedure is simply a step-by-step process, so the term can cover wide range of services. Some people hear the word “procedure” and immediately think of surgery, but there are medical procedures as well. A procedure may be simple and quick, or it may require hospitalization and a recovery period.
There are a number of procedures your doctor may recommend as part of your treatment or to prepare you for treatment. Sometimes the purpose is to relieve a symptom you are having or to prevent a problem from occurring. Your cancer type and stage and your age and general health are just a few of the multiple factors your doctor takes into account before recommending you have a particular procedure.
The links in this section provide additional information and instructions about specific procedures.