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Flashcards in How to treat cancer Deck (11):
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Clinical oncologist

drugs and radiotherapy

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medical oncologist

drugs

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Radical therapy

curative intent - aims to irradiate tumour often at the expense of treatment related side effects

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Palliative therapy

non-curative. aims to improve symptoms/quality of life, prolong life

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Adjuvant

After surgery- aimed at reducing risk of recurrence

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Neo-adjuvant

before surgery - usually to shrink a tumour before surgical removal

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overall survival

time alive

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disease free survival

time living without any symptoms/signs of cancer

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Progression free survival

time living with cancer not getting worse

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Local control

time without recurrence or progression at a specific tumour site

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Non-surigal cancer treatments

external beam radiotherapy
brachytherapy
radio nucleotide therapy
systemic anti-cancer surgery - all systemic cancer treatment