(pry-mayr-ee treet-ment) the first treatment given for a disease. It is often part of a standard set of treatments, such as surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation. When used by itself, primary treatment is the one accepted as the best treatment.
What Is Primary Treatment?
Primary treatment is the first stage of treatment for cancer. It is usually the main type of treatment. The main goal of primary treatment is to remove the cancer from the body or to kill the cancer cells.
Primary treatment can be done in different ways, depending on the type of cancer. Surgery is a common type of primary treatment. The surgeon removes the cancer and some surrounding healthy tissue.
Radiation therapy uses high–energy beams, such as X–rays, to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. Targeted therapy uses drugs or other substances to target specific cancer cells.
Immunotherapy uses the body‘s own immune system to fight cancer. Primary treatment may also be used to prepare the body for a stem cell transplant. Stem cell transplant is a procedure to replace the stem cells in the bone marrow.
The bone marrow is the soft tissue inside the bones where blood cells are made. Cancer treatments can damage the bone marrow and the stem cells.
A stem cell transplant can provide new stem cells to help the bone marrow make new blood cells. The type of primary treatment you have depends on many factors, such as\