After a cancer diagnosis, our compassionate healthcare experts are available to inform you and your family of the various treatment options available, and to help you decide which is most appropriate for you. If you have questions regarding types of treatment, please discuss them with your medical provider and/or care team. Below, you’ll find a brief outline of common cancer treatments utilized at the Cancer Center.
When you are given chemotherapy, the cancer-fighting medicine circulates throughout the body via the bloodstream to kill any cancer cells it finds.
Radiation treats only a specifically-targeted body part. We perform a variety of radiation treatments designed to minimize side effects and provide patients with the maximum quality of treatment. Our specialists administer radiation with the help of computer-based equipment, in order to ensure accuracy when targeting a tumor, while protecting the surrounding healthy tissues.
With traditional radiation, the patient lays down on a moveable treatment bed, and localizing lasers are used to make sure the individual is in the proper position. This highly accurate approach allows us to deliver high doses of radiation to tumorous regions, while protecting the healthy surrounding tissue.
The Cancer Center has two radiation treatment machines, including the TomoTherapy system, which is one of the latest and most innovative medical treatment delivery systems available. It uses a computerized tomography (CT) scan to locate and confirm treatment sites prior to delivery of radiation.
Brachytherapy is an advanced and innovative cancer treatment method that delivers radiation internally and close to the tumor, by inserting or implanting a radioactive source into the tumor. This procedure can often be done on an outpatient basis. Brachytherapy may result in faster treatment delivery for outpatient care, as well as shorter hospital stays for patients already in the hospital.