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Cancer Treatment

Cancer Treatment

St. Mary Medical Center and the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center have the expertise and technology to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for even the most complex cases.  The team at the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center, comprised of more than 70 dedicated cancer specialists, technicians, and therapists as well as nutritional and spirtual support counselors, treat the whole person – mind and body – so that each has the strength and resilience needed to overcome cancer.

Treatment Options:

As no two patients and no two cancer diagnoses are exactly alike, the course of treatment for each patient may differ as well.  It is up to each patient and his or her oncologist to decide which options are best based on medical history and other factors.  The following list includes some of the treatment options available to patients through the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center.

Radiation Therapy - A variety of specialized radiation treatment options are available to patients at St. Mary Medical Center.  These treatments combine the latest in state-of-the-art medical technology with compassionate care from the Radiation Oncology Treatment Team

Some of the specialized radiation treatment options offered by the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center include: 

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) -  
IMRT is an innovative technology now being offered at St. Mary Medical Center.  Conforming the treatment beam (radiation) to the exact size and shape of the cancerous tumor, IMRT modifies the intensity of the radiation beam to deliver the greatest dose directly to the tumor while sparing healthy surrounding tissue.

Brachytherapy - A minimally invasive treatment option for some prostate cancers, Brachtherapy (also referred to as radioactive seed therapy) is a treatment in which small radioactive pellets (each about the size of a grain of rice) are implanted in the prostate.  These seeds give off radiation over the course of weeks or months, yet cause little discomfort and have fewer side effects than traditional radiation therapies.  High-Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy, used for specific kinds of cancer, is applied in higher doses for three to five minutes per treatment, sparing nearby healthy tissue.

Highly Integrated Adaptive Radiotheraphy (HI-ART) TomoTherapy - Combining the most advanced form of IMRT technology with real-time CT scanning, doctors can plan and deliver radiation therapy as precisely as possible, taking into account movement due to breathing and other factors.  HI-ART TomoTherapy is used in treating cancers of  the brain and spine as well as other areas that were previously difficult to treat.

Wide-Bore CT Simulator - This leading edge technology is used by doctors to help plan radiation therapy for patients.  The Wide-Bore CT Simulator allows doctors to see precisely where a tumor is located and readily account for any tumor motion related to breathing or organ movement as they prepare for a patient's radiation treatment.

Wide-Bore Computed Tomography provides highly detailed imaging that serves as a roadmap for radiation therapy treatment.

Chemotherapy - Chemotherapy facilties for both inpatient and outpatient treatments are available at St. Mary.  Outpatient chemotherapy patients are treated in the infusion room at the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center by registered nurses who are chemotherapy certified and members of the Intraveneous Team staff.  Inpatients receive chemotherapy treatments in the St. Mary Oncology Unit.

Surgery - When surgery is necessary to remove a tumor, patients can count on the expertise of the St. Mary Surgical Oncology staff.  Surgery for cancer is local treatmenr to remove the tumor.  Tissues around the tumor and nearby lymph nodes also may be removed during the operation.  Further treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy may be required following surgery.