Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Videos about specific tests and procedures used to diagnose cancer and how cancer is treated


July 13, 2023

Drug shortages occur when the demand or anticipated demand of a drug is greater than the available supply. In this video, Dr. Julie Gralow describes what people with cancer should know during cancer drug shortages, including how shortages can impact their care, what they can expect if a medication they are receiving is in shortage, and questions to ask the health care team. 

November 16, 2020

Immunotherapy was named by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) as the 2016 Advance of the Year. Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that boosts the body’s natural defenses to fight cancer. It uses substances made by the body or in a laboratory to improve how your immune system works to find and destroy cancer cells. This video describes and illustrates how immunotherapy works.

November 16, 2020

CAR T-cell therapy was named by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as the 2018 Advance of the Year. CAR T-cell therapy is a type of immunotherapy called “adoptive cell immunotherapy.” This type of immunotherapy allows doctors to genetically reprogram patients’ own immune cells to find and attack cancer cells throughout the body. This video describes CAR T-cell therapy, including what it is and how it works.

September 4, 2020

Transplantation can be used to treat certain types of cancer, such as leukemia, myeloma, and lymphoma, and other blood and immune system diseases that affect the bone marrow. In this video, Dr. Sonali Smith explains the two main types of transplants and how they work.  

August 18, 2020

It’s normal to feel nervous or anxious about having tests and procedures during your cancer care, and these feelings are sometimes called “scanxiety.” In this video, Heather Hylton, PA-C, provides guidance on ways patients can prepare themselves beforehand.

December 5, 2019

Targeted therapy works by using medication to target the cancer’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to cancer growth and survival. Thoracic oncologist Dr. Jyoti Patel explains how this personalized or precision medicine works, and how it differs from other cancer treatments. 

October 2, 2019

Communicating with your cancer specialist is the first step in finding a clinical trial, which is a medical research study involving volunteers. Medical oncologist Dr. Ezra Cohen offers four steps for patients when considering clinical trials and shares resources for finding trials for cancer treatment.   

January 26, 2018

Jefe de redacción de Cancer.Net Lidia Schapira, MD, explica qué son los estudios clínicos y su importancia en la búsqueda de nuevos tratamientos contra el cáncer.

Editor in Chief Lidia Schapira, MD, explains what clinical trials are and their importance in finding new cancer treatments.

September 21, 2017

In this video, Dr. Jyoti Patel explains how genetic testing works to improve personalized medicine, the role that family history and certain mutations play in cancer, and understanding the genetics of your disease. 

July 25, 2017

Dr. Karen Winkfield explains what radiation therapy is, the types used in cancer treatment, and how it may affect the body during treatment and after treatment is complete.