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Cancer Treatment Options

Surgical Oncology
Surgery is often used to diagnose, stage and treat cancer and certain cancer-related symptoms.
  • daVinci Robotically-Assisted Surgery  -  Deaconess is proud to be the first in this region to offer the most technologically advanced surgical system. Known as the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, this technology enhances patient care by providing surgeons superior visualization, greater surgical precision, and optimal performance of minimally invasive surgery (MIS).
Medical Oncology
Our medical oncologists have special training and experience in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormone therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy. The medical oncologists also provide supportive care and coordinate treatment plans with other cancer specialists on the patient’s care team

Radiation Oncology
Utilization of linear accelerators, a CT simulator and high dose rate after loading system for advanced radiation therapy makes it possible to deliver the most optimal treatment with increased accuracy. Our two linear accelerators offer many features that increase the efficiency and accuracy of radiation treatment.

We provide our patients with both conventional radiation therapy and IMRT. The Chancellor Center offers a microSelectron HDR for internal radiation therapy. It treats the exact source of some cancers while preserving surrounding normal tissues.

Chemotherapy and other infusion services
Chemotherapy is a type of treatment that uses specific drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. It can be given as a pill, injection, infusion or applied to the skin as a cream. Most people receive chemotherapy in a clinical setting like the Deaconess Cancer Services Infusion Center.

Infusion describes the process of giving medication through a needle or catheter directly into a vein. It’s commonly called I.V. therapy and plays a significant role in cancer treatment. Learn more about infusion services for other diseases and conditions here.

Clinical Trials
The Research Institute of Deaconess Clinic was established in 1996, and has become one of the most advanced clinical research centers in the region studying new medications and devices under development for the treatment of serious illnesses and diseases.

Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that relies on the body's infection-fighting system (immune system). Using substances made by the body or in a lab to help the immune system work harder or in a more targeted way to fight cancer, this helps your body rid itself of cancer cells.

Immunotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, preventing cancer from spreading to other parts of the body, and boosting the immune system's ability to get rid of cancer cells.

Hormone Therapy
Hormone therapy is a form of systemic therapy that works to add, block or remove hormones from the body to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. In some cases, hormone therapy is use in combination with surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.
 
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy
Hyperthermic IntraPeritoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) is an advanced chemotherapy treatment. This type of treatment is an option for patients with cancer located in the peritoneal (abdominal) cavity. HIPEC delivers a heated chemotherapy solution straight to the abdominal cavity. This is done after a surgeon has removed all visible tumors.
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