I need to stay in Greenville for treatments. Can you tell me about the Hope Lodge?
The Hope Lodge
is a distinctive home away from home near our medical center. When cancer treatments take place over several days or even weeks, the Hope Lodge provides a place to stay without charge for patients receiving cancer treatment.
The McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge offers 20 guest suites with living room, bedrooms, and private baths to patients undergoing extended periods of outpatient treatment at area cancer treatment centers. The lodge serves cancer patients and caregivers each year on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, visit the American Cancer Society’s Hope Loge web site.
Should I get a second opinion?
It is wise to explore the various treatment options that are available to make a truly informed decision. In general, three approaches are used for treating cancer: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy.
Each of these approaches is represented by specially trained oncologic surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists. Each treatment modality has its unique advantages and disadvantages. Modern cancer treatment requires a multidisciplinary approach because a single treatment modality is often not enough. Consulting with physicians that represent the three main treatment modalities, although not always necessary, will give you the best chance of making an informed decision.
What are the best treatment options for my cancer?
Cancer treatment, like any medical treatment, requires an individualized approach. In addition to your individual characteristics, there are two key elements that will help guide your treatment options: cancer stage and cancer cell type. There are cancer treatment guidelines such as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines which is a good starting point if you have a medical background. Making a cancer treatment choice is often an overwhelming process for both patients and their families. The first step is to choose your cancer team to assist you in the decision process.
I have a lot of questions on radiotherapy. What other websites do you recommend?
One good website that covers common radiotherapy questions can be found at www.rtanswers.org from the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology, or ASTRO.
Several downloadable pamphlets are available from ASTRO.
Can cancer surgery cause cancer to spread by exposing it to air?
Sometimes during surgery, the surgeon discovers the tumor has spread to other organs. If tumor spread is discovered, some patients think that the surgical procedure caused it, when in fact it was there all along. This has helped create the myth that surgery causes cancer to spread when exposed to air. This myth is sometimes heard in Eastern North Carolina.