Cancer treatment

A cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming — but getting the care you need shouldn’t be. Our team of oncology experts are here to provide the personalized, high-quality care you need and the support you deserve, every step of the way.

Common cancer treatments

Your cancer is unique to you, so your care should be too. With a wide range of treatment options, your care team can fight your cancer as aggressively as needed. But they’ll also do it with as little impact on the rest of your body as possible. Because our goal isn’t just a quick recovery — it’s helping you live the life you want.

Learn more about the most common treatment options.

 

Surgery

Tries to remove all or part of a tumor and the surrounding tissue. If the cancer hasn’t spread, surgery is one of the most effective treatments available.

Radiation

Damages or destroys the cancer cells in solid tumors using high-energy particles or waves, like X-rays. This treatment targets a precise location to avoid harming healthy tissue.

Chemotherapy

Uses drugs to destroy cancer cells and keep them from growing or spreading.
 

Targeted drug therapy

Targets molecules from specific genes to slow the growth and spread of cancer cells without affecting normal cells.

Immunotherapy

Supports the body’s immune system with drugs or cell therapy so it can find and destroy cancer cells.
 

Stem cell transplant

Replaces damaged stem cells with healthy ones. Healthy stem cells help your body make red and white blood cells, platelets, and more.

Connecting to care

 


 

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Cancers we treat


As a Kaiser Permanente member, you have access to a wide spectrum of cancer therapy options. That includes advanced procedures designed for your type and stage of cancer.


Common cancer types

 


 

One connected care team

At Kaiser Permanente, a dedicated care team will coordinate your care every step of the way. Our doctors, specialists, and oncology experts are part of the same organization. So you can rest easy knowing they always have your latest medical history and treatment plan.

Get to know the health care professionals you may see along your cancer journey.

A doctor who serves as your main point of contact to oversee your mental and physical health care needs. Also known as a primary care physician.

A health professional trained to discuss emotional and physical support services with you and your family.

A doctor who specializes in drug-based cancer treatments, like chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy.

A health professional trained to use diet and nutrition to keep your body healthy and strong.

A partner who works with your personal doctor’s office to help guide you through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

A health professional trained to help you understand your cancer risk and appropriate care options.

A surgeon who specializes in removing tumors and surrounding tissue.

A health specialist who treats medical conditions and manages side effects with drug therapy.

A nurse who specializes in caring for people with cancer.

A doctor who specializes in image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat cancer.

A doctor who specializes in radiation treatments for cancer.


 


 

Heidi's story

On the road to survival after cancer diagnosis and treatment

Discover Heidi Hayes’ story from diagnosis to survivorship and how an integrated approach to cancer care impacted her life.


 

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Get the mental and emotional support you need


Going through cancer treatment can be both physically and emotionally difficult. You may feel anxious or depressed or have trouble sleeping or eating. It’s important to find the care you need. Before, during, and after treatment, you and your family can:

  • Talk about how you’re feeling, what’s working, and whether you feel supported and understood
  • Attend individual or group sessions with a mental health counselor
  • Access self-care apps and more 24/7 tools to support your emotional wellness

 


 

Find health classes and support groups near you


Connection can be crucial during this tough time. With support groups and wellness classes, you can:

  • Exchange information, experiences, and encouragement with people in similar situations
  • Interact in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment
  • Learn helpful coping techniques and health tips from a team of professionals
  • Attend wellness classes in person, by phone, or online2

 

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Disclaimer

1American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanic/Latino People 2021–2023.

2Classes vary by location. Some members may have to pay a fee for certain classes.