Treatment types

A patient undergoes cancer treatment

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:



Radiation Therapy


Targeted Therapy

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.

Treatments by cancer type

Anal cancer ι Bile duct cancer ι Bladder cancer ( invase / non-invasive) ι Bone cancer ι Bowel cancer ι Brain/spinal tumours ι Breast cancer ι Carcinoid tumour ι Cervical cancer ι Head & neck cancers ι Kidney cancer ( early / advanced) ι Leukaemia ι Liver cancer ( primary / advanced) ι Lung cancer ι  Lymphoma ι  Melanoma ι  Mesothelioma ι Multiple myeloma ι Ovarian cancer ι  Pancreatic cancer ι  Prostate cancer ι Skin cancers (non-melanoma) ι  Soft tissue sarcoma ι  Stomach & oesophageal cancers ι Testicular cancer ι Thyroid cancer ι Uterine cancer ι  Unknown primary ι Vaginal cancer ι Vulva cancer

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. Use this website to help you search for clinical trials recruiting in Victoria.

Side effects

Fatigue | Hair loss | Lymphoedema | Mouth health | Overcoming cancer pain | Taste and smell changes 

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.

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