Cancers We Treat
What is cancer?
First of all, it is important to understand that cancer is a very diverse group of many diseases that affect our body. To understand this, one must understand that our body is made up of many different types of cells that normally grow, divide, and produce more cells as the older cells die. Occasionally, this process becomes unregulated and cells begin to divide even when new cells are not needed. This group of extra cells forms a tumor.
Tumors are being classified as being benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not necessarily what we often consider to be cancer. They can usually be removed and in most cases will not come back. The most important distinction about benign tumors is that the cells of these tumors do not spread to other parts of the body. While benign tumors are rarely fatal, they can occasionally cause severe complications. Malignant tumors on the other hand, are what many generally consider to be cancer. Tumor cells in malignant tumors can break away and spread to other parts of the body, which is known as metastasizing. Once these cells have metastasized to other parts of the body, they can grow and form tumors in these other regions.
We Treat All Types of Malignancies
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What are the various methods of treating cancer?
Cancer today is treated with a variety of different options and depends upon the location and type of cancer. Methods utilized today includes surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and biological therapy. Often, many of these methods are used in combination and again this depends on the type of cancer, the location, the extent, and the patient’s age and general health. Each individual case requires individual management.
We Provide The Following Radiation Treatments
- 3D Conformal Radiotherapy
- Intensity Modulated Radio Therapy (IMRT)
- Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
- Prostate Seed Implants using Palladium, Iodine, and Cesium.
- Brachytherapy implants utilizing High Dose Rate Remote After Loading system (HDR) for Lung, Breast, Gynecologic, and Skin Malignancies
- Systemic radiotherapy with Samarium-153 and Strontium-89
- On site simulation, 3-D, and inverse computerized treatment planning
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Helping individuals navigate their way through life’s challenges.
Our Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Navigation Coordinators, and Support Programs are available to you at no cost even before you have been diagnosed. We can make sure you receive the necessary tests and go through the proper procedures. And if radiation is not indicated, a radiation oncologist will refer you to more appropriate care. See our Navigation Services section for more information.