Oncology patients require a broad spectrum of care needs, which vary depending on the type and stage of illness. In addition to early detection and screening services, Community Health Network's cancer care providers offer the latest technologies available to treat cancer through medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology therapies. At the time of admission, each patient’s need for care is assessed, including physical, psychosocial, nutritional and education-level evaluation.
Radiation therapy is the treatment of cancer with ionizing radiation or x-rays that are stronger to destroy or damage malignant cells. This is a common course of treatment for cancer patients and can effectively treat many types of cancer. In some cases, it may be used in combination with surgery and chemotherapy.
TrueBeam™ radiotherapy system
TrueBeam is an advanced radiotherapy system that treats complex cancers in the head, neck, lung, breast, abdomen and other areas of the body. Using TrueBeam's advanced imaging features, doctors can "see" the tumor and personalize treatments to a particular cancer - and treatments take minutes, not hours.
Chemotherapy (Medical Oncology)
Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer drugs to treat cancerous cells that have spread (metastasized) to other parts of the body. It is a systemic (whole body) treatment, meaning it enters the body and travels through the body to kill cancer cells.
The goal of biotherapy is to boost or restore the body’s immune system to enable it to fight cancer or infections. Biotherapy is also used to lessen the side effects of some cancer treatments. Agents used in biotherapy include monoclonal antibodies, growth factors, and vaccines. These agents may also have a direct antitumor effect.
This therapy involves surgical treatment of cancer, including biopsy, tumor staging and tumor resection (removal).