Treatment

Our world-class healthcare team has extensive experience caring for cancer patients and will create a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific needs, depending on the type and stage of cancer.

Treatment options may include:

  • Surgery – Surgery is used to remove any malignant growths or tumors, and in some cases, such as breast cancer, to reconstruct tissue that has been removed.
  • Radiation Therapy – This painless therapy uses a machine called a linear accelerator to aim high-energy rays at your body, killing cancer cells; the radiation is precisely targeted to affect only the cells in the area being treated.
  • Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy treatment uses drugs to kill cancer cells. It may be used alone, with radiation therapy, or after surgery
  • Clinical Trials – Eligible patients are encouraged to participate in studies through our clinical trials program.
  • Multidisciplinary Cancer Care – We bring together cancer specialists to meet with patients newly diagnosed with cancer. You’ll receive a comprehensive plan of care personalized to your specific disease, stage, overall health status, and expectations.
  • Multidisciplinary Tumor Board – This board may be review your case in order to offer timely and specific treatment recommendations. The tumor board includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, oncology nutritionists, and social workers whose combined expertise will guide all major recommendations given to you. This process is designed to gather all the best possible ideas relevant to each individual case for thorough consideration before treatment recommendations are made.
  • Targeted Therapy – Targeted therapies are those treatments that use drugs or other agents to recognize and attack specific cancer cells. Your doctor will discuss whether this option is appropriate for you.

Your Care Team

Your healthcare team may include:

  • General Surgeon – This doctor performs surgery on the affected area, if required.
  • Medical Oncologist – A medical oncologist is a doctor who specializes in treating cancer with drugs, such as chemotherapy.
  • Surgical Oncologist – A surgical oncologist is a doctor who specializes in treating cancer using surgery.
  • Radiation Oncologist – A radiation oncologist is a doctor who specializes in treating cancer with radiation therapy. Radiation Oncologists must pass specialized boards in Radiation Biology, Radiation Physics and Clinical Radiation Oncology in order to prescribe the use of radiation for treatment.
  • Interventional Radiologist – This doctor specializes in minimally invasive, image-guided diagnosis and treatment of diseases. He or she uses imaging techniques such as x-rays or CT scans to learn more about or treat cancer.
  • Nurse Navigator – A nurse navigator is a registered nurse with extensive knowledge in oncology care who ensures that you receive the support and knowledge you need to help you find your way from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
  • Oncology Social Worker – An oncology social worker is specially trained to help you and your family cope with your mental and social needs, as well as practical concerns from time of diagnosis through survivorship.
  • Dietitian – A registered dietitian is specially trained to assess your nutrition concerns and make recommendations to help you get the nutrition you need to counteract disease and maintain health.
  • Rehabilitation Specialist – A rehabilitation specialist will assist you in your recovery from illness or injury, and helps you regain normal or near normal functioning for daily activities. Learn more about our rehabilitation program.
  • Gastroenterologist – You may see this physician, who specializes in treating problems of the liver and gastrointestinal tract, if appropriate for your condition.
  • Urological Surgeon – You may see this surgeon, who specializes in treating diseases of the urinary tract and the male reproductive system and performs surgery to treat prostate cancer, if appropriate for your condition.
  • Urologist – You may see this doctor, who specializes in diseases of the urinary organs in females and the urinary and sex organs in males, if appropriate for your condition.
  • Plastic Surgeon – You may see this surgeon, who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery, if appropriate for your condition.
  • Gynecologic Oncologist – You may see this physician, who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancers located in the female reproductive organs, if appropriate for your condition.
  • Thoracic Surgeon – You may see this surgeon, who specializes in performing surgery on the esophagus and other organs inside the chest, if appropriate for your condition.
  • Pulmonologist – You may see this doctor, who specializes in diseases of the lungs and respiratory system, if appropriate for your condition.
  • Dermatologist – You may see this doctor, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin problems, if appropriate for your condition.
  • Endocrinologist – You may see this specially trained physician, who diagnoses diseases related to the glands that secrete hormones, if appropriate for your condition.

Supportive Care You Can Trust

At McGlinn Cancer Institute, our licensed social workers will help you and your family handle issues arising from a cancer diagnosis, such as:

  • Difficulty coping, including depression and anxiety
  • Referrals to counseling, support groups, and other community-based services
  • Managing work and school (Family and Medical Leave Act, short- and long-term disability, etc.)
  • Insurance and financial concerns (related to medical bills and other costs of daily living)
  • Discussing your diagnosis and treatment with family members
  • Transportation issues and options
  • Referrals and education on home health/visiting nurses/hospice services
  • Identifying and building a support system within your family and/or in your community

For questions about these or any other sources of support, please contact:

  • Lisa Capparella, MSS, LCSW, OSW-C: 484-628-8304
  • Elizabeth Hertzog, LSW: 484-628-9842

Image Recovery Center

Many treatments for cancer cause temporary or permanent physical changes that, along with the diagnosis, have the potential for altering body image. The Image Recovery Center at the McGlinn Cancer Institute addresses appearance-related issues with color, clothing, cosmetics, hair replacement, and mastectomy products.

The Image Recovery Center is located in N-Building, on the Ground Floor of the McGlinn Cancer Institute. The center’s caring and knowledgeable staff members understand the challenges of coping with illness and the side effects associated with cancer treatments.