Treatment types

Cancer treatment depends on the cancer type, where it began, and whether it's spread (plus general health and personal choices). Often more than one treatment is used.

Options include:

Palliative care

Many cancers can be cured. If you have advanced cancer and a cure's unlikely, palliative care can relieve symptoms, help you feel comfortable and live longer.

Clinical trials

Clinical trials are the best way to find new treatments. You might want to explore the different types of cancer clinical trials available to you.

Visit Victorian Cancer Trials Link to help you search for clinical trials recruiting in Victoria.

Side effects

Some treatments can cause side effects. These include:

Medicinal cannabis

Recent changes in Commonwealth and state laws mean that medicinal cannabis products can now be used in Australia to assist in the treatment and management of cancer related symptoms and side effects. Medicinal cannabis may be prescribed to people with cancer to stimulate appetite or weight gain, or to manage nausea, vomiting or pain.

Find out more about medicinal cannabis.


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Questions about cancer?

Call or email our experienced cancer nurses for information and support.

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