Treatment Options

We provide a complete range of treatment options for patients with most types of cancer. Patients often need more than one kind of therapy in the course of treatment; this is called multi-modality therapy. Treatment is customized for each individual case, taking into account the type of cancer involved, the stage or extent of the disease, and other contributing factors, such as other medical conditions the patient may have.

Surgery

Surgery is often the first approach to treating cancer. Our surgeons are trained in the latest surgical techniques for treating cancer, such as da Vinci® Prostatectomy, da Vinci® Gynecological Surgery, laparoscopic colon resection, radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors, and video-assisted thoracic lung surgery. Learn more about the da Vinci® Surgical System.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a long-established and common treatment for cancer. During chemotherapy, powerful agents circulate throughout the body to destroy cancer. Although some chemotherapy agents can be taken orally, chemotherapy is usually delivered intravenously in an outpatient setting.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy involves the application of x-rays, gamma rays, and other sources of radiation to destroy cancer cells.

  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy and Stereotactic Radiosurgery are now available using the Trilogy System at the Institute for Radiosurgery. The Trilogy System uses computer-guided imaging to pinpoint and treat tumors with incredible precision.
  • Gliasite® is designed for the treatment of newly diagnosed, metastatic, and recurrent brain tumors by delivering radiation from within the cavity created by the surgical removal of the tumor.
  • Mammosite® is a method of partial breast irradiation that works by delivering radiation from inside the breast directly to the tissue where cancer is most likely to recur.
  • Linear accelerators are sophisticated devices capable of producing multiple types of x-ray energies.
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is an advanced mode of high-precision radiotherapy.
  • Prostate Seed Implants (brachytherapy) uses a high dose of radiation that is given inside the body as close to the cancer as possible. The radiation treatment may be swallowed, injected, or implanted directly into the tumor.

Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapy may involve taking medications that interfere with the activity of the hormone or stop the production of the hormones. It may also include surgically removing a gland that is producing the hormones.

For more information about our cancer services, call 484-628-HELP (4357).