Conventional therapies are the foundation of cancer care. Most people with cancer receive surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other conventional therapies at some point during treatment, and many will have a combination of these treatments.
Conventional therapies are constantly evolving, with developments in science and technology, to improve effectiveness while diminishing harmful side effects. For example, advances such as tomotherapy allow for the retreatment of tumors in areas that might not otherwise withstand further radiation. Clinical trials open the door for people with cancer to explore previously unavailable treatment options.