Cancer is a terrifying disease in and of itself, and it can be made even more terrifying when you have to weed through the various treatment options and try to determine which one you think will be the best choice. Fortunately, you are not alone in this decision-making process. Your doctor can help you and your loved ones choose the best course of action based on a number of factors--factors which will ultimately make one particular treatment more beneficial than another. Here are a few ways that doctors choose the ideal cancer treatment for their patients and ensure a high success rate with whichever treatment they choose:
Identifying the Type of Cancer
Not all cancer responds to treatment equally, so it is important for doctors to determine and keep in mind the type of cancer that you have. Then, based on previous results and research studies about this type of cancer, they can decide which treatment will work for you. For instance, radiation and chemotherapy may be the best treatments for breast cancer, but other cancers, like lung cancer, may respond better to specific surgeries before chemo and radiation are introduced.
Considering Age and Lifestyle
Of course, two other factors in determining which cancer treatment will be best for you or your loved one are age and lifestyle. Children seem to respond well to chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and, in some cases, bone marrow transplants. In people who are between the ages of 18 to 40, cancer responds best to surgery, but of course, this is dependent on the type of cancer that the patient has. Once someone over the age of 40 develops cancer, it is best to treat him or her with anti-cancer drugs, and possibly chemotherapy. Of course, the success rate of all these treatments also depends on one's lifestyle. For instance, if you eat nothing but junk food and you sleep all day while being treated for cancer, it may take a long time for the drugs to work properly. However, if you still try to lead an active lifestyle, then chances are that you will be encouraging your body to respond better to the treatments.
Understanding Family History
Family history also plays a big role in treating cancer. For instance, if your mother, your grandmother, and your great-grandmother all had breast cancer, the likelihood of your getting breast cancer is higher than it would be if your family members never had it. This is because your genetics often determine your health, how well your body will respond to one treatment over another, the likelihood of cell mutation, and so on. Therefore, before he or she begins any sort of treatment regimen, your doctor will ask you questions about your family health history so that they can determine the best course of action to take against your cancer.
Now that you understand what factors go into determining the best type of treatment for your cancer, hopefully you will have a better grasp of why the doctor chooses the method of treatment that they did. Another hope is that you will be able to work together with your doctor to decide what works and what doesn't so that you can get the best care possible and successfully enter remission without having to worry about your cancer coming back.