At Smilow Cancer Hospital's Greenwich Hospital Campus, a multidisciplinary team of cancer experts works together to fight the disease on all fronts. An individualized treatment plan is developed for each patient.
Promising options include:
- Medical Oncology - medications and therapies that target cancer cells
- Radiation Oncology - focused radiation that spares healthy tissue
- Surgical Oncology - minimally invasive surgical procedures
Most cancer patients can now receive chemotherapy and other medical therapies in an outpatient setting in their own community. At Smilow Cancer Hospital's Greenwich Hospital Campus's Bendheim Cancer Center, Dickerman Hollister, MD, directs the multidisciplinary caregiving team.
The Center’s board-certified medical oncologists have decades of experience, including training at major medical institutions such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Yale Cancer Center. Certified oncology nurses provide critical care, patient education and emotional support to people with cancer and their loved ones. Spiritual care professionals and specially trained volunteers also assist patients and caregivers.
Medical Therapies to Treat Cancer
Treatment plans vary depending on the characteristics of the tumor, as well as the patient's family history and genetic composition.
Chemotherapy refers to anti-cancer drugs that are injected into a vein or given as a pill. These drugs travel through the bloodstream to reach cancers that could potentially, or may have already, spread to distant organs beyond the original site.
Chemotherapy may involve numerous drugs because different types of cancer cells respond differently to medications. Some patients experience fatigue while undergoing chemotherapy. Patients should call a physician or nurse right away if they experience other symptoms.
See When to Call – A Guide to Understanding Symptoms for Chemotherapy
Immunotherapy or Biologic Therapy
Immunotherapy treatments boost the body’s ability to fight off or destroy cancer cells. Immunotherapy may use artificial antibodies produced in a laboratory, or proteins and other agents that the body produces naturally.
Hormone therapy attacks cancer cells or slows their growth with hormones or drugs that interfere with hormone production or activity.
Patients who qualify also have access to national clinical trials of promising treatments.
Every patient responds differently to treatment. But physicians can prescribe medications to prevent potential side effects before they appear. Healing Touch and Massage Therapy can also help alleviate side effects and reduce stress.
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Other options for treating cancer may include: