Cancer Treatment Terms

The following videos were conceived and developed by a team at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital. The videos were not created by CancerQuest, but are presented here with the permission of the WCI and Grady teams.

Cancer, and cancer treatment can be very confusing and scary. The videos below are intended to explain cancer-related terms that cancer patients should know.

General Information

Cancer Treatments (Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy)

The Immune System and Immunotherapy

Cancer Treatment Side Effects

General Cancer Terms

What is cancer?

What are cancer stages?

What is a biopsy?

Cancer Treatment (Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy)

What is radiation therapy?

What is chemotherapy?

What is a port?

What is an infusion?

What is a chemotherapy cycle?

What is curative cancer treatment?

What is maintenance chemotherapy?

What is palliative cancer treatment?

The Immune System and Immunotherapy

What is the immune system?

What are the cells of the immune system?

What is cancer immunotherapy?

Treatment Side Effects

What is drug toxicity?

What are the side effects of cancer treatment?

What is a blood count (complete blood count or CBC)?

What does 'risk of infection' mean?

What is a transfusion?

What is fatigue?

What is nausea?


What is cancer-related numbness?

These videos can also be found on the CancerQuest YouTube channel.