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Cancer Care

 

Medical Treatments

In meeting the challenges of cancer, it’s important to have a full selection of medical approaches. Our cancer doctors are dedicated to developing the most effective program for you and supporting you throughout your treatment.

One of the options your doctor may use is chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is the use of drugs or other chemical agents to kill cancer cells. These medicines may be given by injection (a shot), taken as pills or given intravenously (or through IV). More than half of all people diagnosed with cancer receive chemotherapy.

In addition to using standard chemotherapy treatments (or chemotherapy protocols), we participate in many clinical trials, some of which are customized for the needs of our patient population. These trials give many patients access to treatments that would not otherwise be available.

We also incorporate holistic approaches such as biotherapy. Biotherapy works differently from other treatment methods because it does not have a direct killing effect on cancer cells. Instead, it works indirectly to change the relationship between the patient and the cancer, allowing the patient to reject the cancer.

The immune system is a complex network of moving cells, proteins and organs with resting cells that cooperate to defend the body against attacks by foreign or non-self invaders. The immune system recognizes cells that originate in the body, compared to those that originate outside that body. Biotherapy can stimulate the body’s immune system so it responds against tumor cells.

Our patients undergoing treatment for any type of cancer or blood disease including, gynecologic or breast cancer, leukemia and myeloma, sickle cell anemia or hemophilia, receive care at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center.

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