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.
Chemotherapy is treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Chemotherapy may be given by mouth, injection, or infusion, or even on the skin depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. It may be given alone or with other treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy, or biologic therapy. (NCI Cancer Terms and Definitions)
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 HiArt system and the Varian TrueBeam treatment system.
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.