Systemic Therapy & Treatment Types
Systemic therapies travel through the bloodstream, affecting cells throughout the body. This may be particularly important if your cancer has spread. Systemic treatments mean that your doctor does not need to know where every single cancer cell may be, because the circulating treatment can target tumor cells.
Systemic treatments are also useful if your cancer is in a location that makes surgery difficult to perform. Depending on the specific type of cancer you have, your Houston Methodist oncologist may recommend one or more forms of systemic therapy, often in addition to another treatment, such as surgery.
Chemotherapy for Cancer
Chemotherapeutic drugs, also referred to as chemotherapeutic agents, or “chemo” have been used to treat cancer since the 1950s, and more than 100 chemo drugs are available today to help treat many types of cancer. Learn more about chemotherapy, including general information about how it works and how it may affect you.
Hormone Therapy for Cancer
Hormone therapy is often used to treat diseases, such as breast cancer and prostate cancer, and prevent them from coming back. Learn more about hormone therapy, including how it works and how it may affect you.
Immunotherapy for Cancer
By encouraging or suppressing an immune response, immunotherapy uses your own immune system to fight some forms of cancer. Learn more about immunotherapy, including general information about how it works and how it may affect you.
Our continued commitment to research enables us to improve present and future cancer care. Learn more about our current cancer-related clinical trials.