Your oncologist will discuss with you the goal of your cancer treatment when you talk about your treatment options. The goal of treatment is what the possible and expected outcome of treatment will be. Your treatment goal will be one of the following:
- Cure the cancer by destroying or removing all the cancer in your body. This is known as curative treatment.
- Control the cancer by lessening the amount of cancer in your body or reducing the chances your cancer will come back. This is known as adjuvant treatment.
- Treat the symptoms, like pain, caused by your cancer. This is known as palliative treatment.
- Prevent or slow down the start of cancer in your body. This is known as preventative treatment.
This section will help you walk through what some of the diagnosis and treatment options available at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario are.