Because there are so many different sorts of cancer, there are also different sorts of treatment. The doctor always looks for a treatment with the best possible chance of a cure and with the fewest bad side effects as possible.
Doctors all over the world are looking for better and new ways to treat cancer. They often consult each other, both within as well as outside of the Netherlands.
In some forms of cancer immunotherapy is prescribed. It is a treatment with medicines that makes the immune system (defence system) of the body stronger. The medicines try to make the body stronger so that the cancer cells have less chance to grow. That way the body is able to defend itself better against the cancer cells. Most patients don’t suffer much from having immunotherapy.