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Published: Dec 4, 2023
Authored by Pfizer Medical Team

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and understanding the recommended treatment options can be overwhelming. There’s a lot of information to take in. On top of that, the world of cancer therapies is constantly evolving and there may be newer treatment options you haven’t heard of. 

To help you navigate the different types of cancer treatment, we have developed videos to provide an overview of major cancer therapy areas. This includes how the treatment works and the role it plays in treating cancer.

Side effects and safety signs

Side effects are a normal part of receiving treatment for cancer and it’s normal to worry about them. Some side effects only cause mild discomfort and can be managed at home, while others may be more serious.

In the videos we have used a traffic light system to help you recognise red side-effects which you need to act quickly and get medical help for, amber side-effects which need monitoring and some advice, and green side-effects which can be safely managed at home. Using a traffic light system will help alert you and your family or carers if you need to monitor a side effect more closely.

Side effects are a normal part of receiving treatment for cancer and it’s normal to worry about them. Some side effects only cause mild discomfort and can be managed at home, while others may be more serious.

In the videos we have used a traffic light system to help you recognise red side-effects which you need to act quickly and get medical help for, amber side-effects which need monitoring and some advice, and green side-effects which can be safely managed at home. Using a traffic light system will help alert you and your family or carers if you need to monitor a side effect more closely.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy works by targeting and killing or slowing the growth of cancer cells throughout the body.

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Immunotherapy

Commonly in the form of checkpoint inhibitors immunotherapy boosts the body’s own immune system to combat cancer.

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Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy is a very precise approach in inhibiting cancer cell growth that minimises harm to normal cells.

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CAR-T

CAR-T cell therapy is a special type of immunotherapy that genetically engineers a person’s white blood ’T cells’ so that they are better at recognising and attacking cancer cells.

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Please note that the information provided on this website is for educational purposes only and should not substitute professional medical advice. Always consult your healthcare provider for personalised guidance and treatment recommendations tailored to your specific condition.

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