The choice of your treatment depends mainly on the size of the tumor, the stage of the disease, whether female hormones affect tumor growth, and the tumor grade. Your doctor also considers other factors, including your age and general health. We encourage our patients to review treatment options carefully and ask questions of your care team until you feel confident in your decision.
You may find that your options for treatment here are greater than anywhere else, which can be reassuring but also overwhelming. We are committed to providing you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your treatment. Here are some points to consider as you evaluate your options:
Some cancer patients may find relief from disease symptoms or treatment side effects by incorporating complementary medicine. An approach is called complementary medicine when it is used along with standard cancer treatment. Acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal products, vitamins or special diets, and meditation are all examples of complementary approaches.
It’s important to talk with your doctor if you are considering exposing yourself to anything new. Some items that seem safe, such as certain herbal teas, may change the way your cancer treatment works. They can impact your health and be potentially harmful. Certain things may be harmful even if used alone so be sure to ask your physician or care team prior to trying any type of complementary care.