Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

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


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. 

May 18, 2017

In this patient education video, Dr. Jorge A. Garcia provides an introductory explanation of prostate cancer, its treatment options, and advances in treatment and research.

February 23, 2017

Dr. Erica Mayer discusses what is important for patients to know about early stage breast cancer following a diagnosis. Beginning with types of breast cancer, Dr. Mayer guides patients through understanding their treatment plan and health care team, recent advancements in research and treatments, and questions to ask.

December 28, 2016

In this patient education video, Dr. Jyoti Patel offers an overview of immunotherapy, also called biologic therapy. This is a type of treatment designed to boost the body's natural defenses to fight the cancer.