Living with cancer

Introduction to treatment

The pages in this section will help you to find out more about the different types of treatment there are, how they work and to how to decide on a treatment.

You can find detailed information about the treatment of specific cancers in our Cancer types section. we also have a separate section for complementary  therapies

Agreeing to treatment

Before you receive treatment your doctor or specialist nurse should explain what they plan to do, why they are doing it and how the treatment may affect you.

If you are worried about possible side effects or any aspect of the treatment, tell your doctor or specialist nurse. You may be offered written information about the treatment or you can ask if there are any leaflets available.


Before treatment you will be asked to sign a treatment consent form. You should read the form carefully and ask any questions that you may have. Always ask for more information if you feel you need it. You are not obliged to undergo a treatment that you are unsure about.

If you have been affected by cancer in some way and would like to talk to someone about what you have read or need help finding information - you are welcome to drop into any Maggie’s Centre or to visit Maggie’s Online Centre and talk with a cancer support specialist.