Oncology

Oncology

At St. Mary’s 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.

Treatment options may include surgery, radiation, hormone therapy and immunotherapy or a combination of any of these.

  • Surgery offers the greatest chances 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.
  • 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.

Our Approach to Patient Care
At St. Mary's, we provide a full spectrum of services to meet the physical and emotional needs of our patients and their families. Physicians, nurses and other health care professionals work together as a team with our patients to develop individual treatment plans.

Helpful Internet Links
If you or someone you love has cancer and is experiencing side effects the "Coping with Physical and Emotional Changes" is a helpful place to go for information on coping with side effects and things you can do to minimize side effects.

More helpful links:

For More Information
If you would like more information regarding the oncology services available, please call 816-655-5592.