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Chemotherapy and other drug therapies

Various types of drug therapy can be used to treat cancer.  However, please be aware that not all types of treatment are suitable for all types of cancer. 

For information on different types of drug therapy please click on the coloured text links below:

Biological therapy
Biological therapies (also called targeted treatment) are treatments that act on processes in cells. There are many different types of biological therapy. For information about biological therapy please click on the heading above. 

Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is drug treatment used to destroy or control cancer cells. The drugs are carried by the bloodstream and can reach cancer cells all over the body. Although all chemotherapy drugs affect the ability of cancer cells to divide and reproduce, each drug does this in a slightly different way. This is why a combination of drugs is often given.

Hormone therapy
Hormone therapies alter specific hormones to change how cells work.  For information about hormone therapy please click on the heading above. 

This page last reviewed 04/12/2017