Module 3: Treatment

Aim of activity

The aim of this activity is to help students understand the different types of treatment options available to sufferers of breast cancer (Task 1). Students are then required to research one treatment option (Task 2), and then present their findings to the class (Task 3), so that the group will learn details of treatment options from each other

Background information

Conventional treatments

Conventional treatments are commonly used by medical practitioners to treat cancer.
These treatments are sometimes called ‘mainstream’ or ‘orthodox’ and are widely accepted. Conventional treatments for breast cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormonal therapy.

Complementary treatments

Complementary treatments are often used in conjunction with conventional treatment.
These treatments can provide lots of benefits to the person going through cancer.
Complementary treatments are ‘holistic’, as they treat the whole body, and include massage, meditation, reflexology and reiki.

Alternative treatments

These treatments are used instead of conventional treatments. Many of these treatments have not been scientifically proven to treat cancer effectively. Some people believe they receive benefits from these treatments. Alternative treatments include shark cartilage, ozone therapy and laetrile.

Suggested teaching strategies

  • Research
  • Summarising
  • Presentation
  • Teachers may wish to arrange a guest speaker to talk about treatments e.g. oncologist, naturopath, nurse.

Class discussion questions to introduce the activity

  • Can you think of any treatments that are used for breast cancer?

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