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Review: Combination Treatments

Combination treatments, sometimes called multimodal treatments, refer to the use of two or more kinds of therapies.

Combination therapies are more effective than a single therapy alone because one treatment may be more effective at a certain stage of cancer than another. One treatment may enhance the effectiveness of another; and one treatment alone may not affect the tumor.

Reasons for combination treatments:

  • One treatment may be more effective at a certain stage of cancer than another.
  • One treatment may enhance the effectiveness of another synergy.
  • One treatment alone may not affect the tumor.

The primary therapy is the one that might have the most effective impact on the cancer. Then the oncologist may select one or more other therapies to increase the possibility of cure.