Comprehensive Treatment with You in Mind
At St. Joseph Medical Center, a number of treatment choices are available to people with cancer, and the treatment to be prescribed depends on the stage of the tumor, if it has spread and how far.
Our Approach to Patient Care
At St. Joseph, we provide a full spectrum of services to meet the physical and emotional needs of our patients and their families. Physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals work together as a team with our patients to develop individual treatment plans.
Treatment options may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy or a combination of any of these.
- Surgery offers the greatest chance for cure for many types of cancer.
- Radiation therapy uses high-energy particles or waves such as X-rays or gamma rays to destroy or damage cancer cells.
- Chemotherapy is the use of medicines to treat cancer. These drugs are administered into a vein or by mouth and enter the bloodstream and reach all areas of the body, making this treatment useful for cancer that has spread.
- Hormone therapy is treatment with hormones, drugs that interfere with hormone production or hormone action, or the surgical removal of hormone-producing glands to kill or slow cancer cells growth.
- Immunotherapy is the use of treatments that support the body’s immune system response to a disease.
Helpful Internet Links
John Hopkins Center for Cancer Pain Research
National Cancer Institute
American Cancer Society
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
National Lung Cancer Partnership
The Skin Cancer Foundation
National Brain Tumor Society
Fight Colorectal Cancer
To learn more about St. Joseph’s oncology services, please call 816-943-2475.