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SCI 100 Week 4 DQ 2

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Describe some of the diagnostic, preventative, and treatment alternatives for cancer. What
factors would cause you to choose one treatment over the other?
There are many treatments and alternatives for cancer because there are different types of
cancer and different stages of cancer. When treating cancer, doctors need to know where the
cancer is in the body and the amount of cancer in the body. The cancer is based on three factors.
Those factors are the size of the tumor and if it has spread to the nearby tissues, if it has spread to
the lymph nodes, or if it has spread to the distant areas in the body. Based on the type there are
many treatment options. The most common treatment options are surgery, chemotherapy,
radiation, and therapy. Other types of treatments are bone marrow transplants, photodynamic
therapy, laser treatment, and many other treatments. Some people chose one treatment over the
other mainly because of cost. Other reasons would be the physical and emotional side effects
associated with the treatments, including long term effects ("The Most Reliable Cancer
Treatment Information ", 2012).
Reference
The most reliable cancer treatment information. Retrieved from
http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/index

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