Multi-Modality Therapy for Cancer
a custom selection of treatment methods may be the best option to combat cancer. This is called Multi-Modality
therapy, also known as Combination therapy. Many people like this route because it offers a high level of
customization. You and your doctor can create a plan of action based on your unique situation and needs. A
common combination of treatments includes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. However, one or more of these
treatments may be combined with others like targeted therapy, hyperthermia, photodynamic therapy and many more.
Multi-Modality Therapy: Since Multi-Modality therapy can include such a diverse span of treatments,
preparation will vary. It’s just as important to ask your doctor how to prepare for the procedures ahead of time as
it is to know about each treatment itself.
effects can be prevented with good preparation. If your skin will be exposed at all to the treatment take good
care of your skin ahead of time. Use only mild soaps and ask your doctor about possible reactions of the
treatment to soaps and lotions.
multiple treatment methods is a vigorous approach in combating cancer. It’s important to be mindful of this as
you approach your first appointment. Eat healthy foods and get plenty of rest. If it’s ok with your doctor, work
in some light exercise too. Giving your body everything it needs
will help it repair and recover any healthy cells you lose during treatment. Also, maintain communication with
your doctor. Vitamins, supplements, alcohol and over the counter medicine may have a negative impact on your
treatment plan so always make sure your doctor is aware of what you are taking.
cancer treatments are quick, minimally invasive or even non-invasive. Most can even be done as an outpatient
procedure. These include taking drugs or radiation therapy. Bone marrow transplants or surgery are more invasive
and complex. They often require a hospital stay and longer recovering times. Your doctor can provide you with
exactly what to expect from the Multi-Modality therapy selected for you.
Multi-Modality Therapy: Since Multi-Modality therapy includes such a wide range of treatment
options, possible combinations are nearly endless. Any of the following methods can be used in conjunction with
each other. It’s best to discuss them with your doctor to decide which ones will best meet your needs. Chemotherapy
uses strong drugs to fight cancer. Surgery aims to physically remove cancerous or pre-cancerous tissue. Radiation
uses strong currents or particles of energy to kill or harm cancer cells. Targeted therapy targets cancer cells
(usually leaving healthy cells alone) with drugs or other substances. Immunotherapy turns your body’s own immune
system against the cancer. Hyperthermia utilizes heat to combat cancer. Photodynamic therapy uses a combination of
light and light sensitizing drugs to kill cancerous tissue. Blood transfusions, bone marrow transplants and blood
stem cell transplants are all used in fighting cancer as well.
on the treatments selected, Multi-Modality therapy can vary regarding recovery time. Typically, as you recover
you’ll need to continue some of the care needed during your treatment. Get plenty of rest and eat healthy foods
to help your body repair itself. You may have to take preventative measures for up to 30 days or even more after
your treatments. Common steps to take are staying out of the sun, maintaining a special diet and physical
Risks and side effects of
Multi-Modality Therapy: Common side effects of most cancer treatments are weakness, stomach upset,
headaches, skin problems, hair loss, pain and soreness. It’s important that your doctor is aware of the side
effects you are experiencing as they could be signs of something more serious. Side effects vary from person to
person and from treatment to treatment so it’s important to discuss all possible risks and side effects with your
doctor when undergoing Multi-Modality therapy.