Few cancer patients undergo a single treatment. Most benefit from a multifaceted approach that combines several forms of treatment. For example, radiation and/or chemotherapy may be used to control the cancerous cells left behind after surgery. Chemotherapy, strong drugs used to kill dividing cells, may be used before, during, or after surgery and in conjunction with other forms of treatment. Multiple chemotherapy drugs are often more effective than over single medications used alone, a treatment called combination chemotherapy.

Last updated on 31 May 2011