Cancers We Treat

cancers we treat

Click on a type of cancer to learn more about it and its treatment options.

Bladder
Your bladder holds the urine produced by your body until you are ready to urinate. There are three different types of bladder cancer, each named after one of the types of cells that make up your bladder.

More than three times as many men get bladder cancer, compared with women. However, bladder cancer is often more advanced in women by the time it is diagnosed.

Treatment Options

Superficial Bladder Cancer – The tumor is surgically removed, using a procedure called a TransUrethral Resection of Bladder (TURBT).

Surgery – A urologist will remove your bladder and nearby lymph nodes. The urine will drain into a bag attached to your abdomen.

External Beam Radiation – A urologist will first remove as much of the tumor as possible using a TURBT procedure (described above). Then, radiation will be delivered for 15 minutes every day for approximately 7 weeks.

Breast
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women. Breast cancer can occur  in men, but is very rare. The good news is, many breast cancers can be cured. Advanced radiation treatment techniques can maximize your chance of being cured, while minimizing your risk of possible side effects.

Radiation Therapy Treatment

We are proud to offer the latest radiation treatment techniques.  Our goal is to deliver a high dose of radiation to the specific area, without harming the surrounding healthy tissues. With state-of-art technology we can maximize the destruction of cancer cells and your potential for a cure, while minimizing your risk of side effects and chance of recurrence.

*Two Treatment Options:

Whole Breast Radiation – This type of external beam radiation is used for patients who have had a lumpectomy; a similar technique is used for patients who require radiation after a mastectomy, to treat the chest wall and nearby lymph nodes.

Partial Breast Radiation with High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)-  May be an option if you plan to have a lumpectomy. The benefit to partial breast radiation is that it may reduce your risk of side effects, and also has a shorter treatment time.
Bone Cancer

Bone
Bone Cancer  is a relatively rare disease in which cancer cells grow in the bone tissue.  Cancer may form in the bone or spread to the bone from another site in the body. When cancer starts in bone tissue, it is called primary bone cancer. When cancer cells travel to the bone from elsewhere, it is called secondary or metastatic cancer to the bone.

The sooner bone cancer is treated, the more favorable the outcome. If you suspect you have this condition, contact your doctor immediately.

Cervical
Cervical Cancer – is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissue of the cervix.

Treatment options depend on the stage of cancer, size of tumor, patients age and patients desire to have children.

Treatment Options

Surgery, Radiation Therapy, Chemotherapy, or a combination of these treatments

There are usually no noticeable signs of early cervical cancer, but it can be detected early with yearly check-ups.

Central
Central Nervous System Cancer – also known as CNS cancer – can effect your brain, your spinal cord or both. Fortunately, not all central nervous system tumors are malignant, or cancerous. Certain tumors are slow-growing, and are curable.
Colorectal
Colorectal Cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in either the colon or the rectum. The colon and rectum are parts of the body’s digestive system.

Colon Cancer – A benign tumor is not cancer. It does not spread to other parts of the body. Colon polyps are most often (but not always) benign tumors.  By contrast, a malignant tumor is cancer. Some colon polyps develop cancer in them.

Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  For 2011, the National Cancer Institute estimated that there would    101,340 new cases of colon cancer and 39,870 new cases of rectal cancer. An estimated 49,380 people will die from colorectal cancer.

Head
Head and Neck Cancer is a broad name for any type of cancer that is found in your head or neck region, including:

  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Cancer

These types of cancers can effect your common everyday activities, such as eating, talking and even breathing.

Treatment Options

Surgery – Surgery typically involves removal of the tumor and may involve removal of part or the entire site of disease. It may also involve removal of some of the lymph nodes in your neck.

Radiation – Radiation may be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy. It can also be used before or after surgery.

Head and Neck cancer is treated differently depending on the site involved and the extent of the disease.

Lung
Lung Cancer – can occur in one or both of your lungs. It eventually may affect your breathing by interfering with the transfer of oxygen from your lungs to your bloodstream.

Lung cancer often takes many years to develop, which is why you may not have any symptoms until the disease is in advanced stages.

Treatment Options

Lung cancer is typically treated with a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

In the early stages, surgery is often a viable option. However, in advanced stages of lung cancer, surgery typically is not an option. Instead, you will likely be treated with radiation and chemotherapy.

Lymphomas
Lymphomas – are cancers of the lymphatic system, the system responsible for fighting infections and draining excess fluid from body tissues. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphomais a general name given to many types of cancer that develop from white blood cells (lymphocytes) in your lymphatic system. Non-Hodgkins lymphoma is different from Hodgkins lymphoma, a related type of cancer.
Ovarian
Ovarian Cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the ovaries. The ovaries are a pair of organs in the female pelvis that produce eggs and female hormones.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among US women and the leading cause of death due to cancer of the gynecologic organs.

There are several cancers and several more benign tumors that may occur in the ovaries.

Early detection is very important to help prevent the cancer from spreading.

Prostate
An estimated one out of every 10 American men will develop prostate cancer before the age of 85. This makes prostate cancer the most common type of cancer among American men.

In the very early stages of prostate cancer, there are usually no symptoms. When symptoms do develop, they depend on the size and location of the tumor.

Treatment Options

External Beam Radiation – Uses high-energy rays to cure cancer.

Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

Brachytherapy – A minimally invasive procedure that places radioactive “seeds” directly in your prostate gland to destroy the cancer cells.

Skin
Skin Cancer – is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the skin.

The two most common kinds of skin cancer are:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Sebaceous Carcinoma
  • Eccrine Carcinoma

It is important that skin cancers be found and treated early because they can invade and destroy nearby tissue.

Treatment Options

Treatment for skin cancer usually involves surgery. In some cases, radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be used. Sometimes a combination of methods is used.

Testicular
Testicular Cancer – is a disease in which cancer cells grows in one or both testicles.

Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in young men between ages 20 and 35.

Currently, over 90% of testicular cancers are cured.

Thyroid
Thyroid Cancer – is a malignant growth of the cells that make up the thyroid.

The thyroid is an endocrine gland located in the lower neck.

Thyroid cancer is the most common type of endocrine gland cancer. About 14,000 cases of thyroid cancer are diagnosed each year. Women are about three times as likely as men to develop thyroid cancer. The average thyroid cancer patient is 45-50 years old when diagnosed.

Thyroid cancer can cause an enlarging lump in the neck, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and a harsh sound while breathing (called stridor). If thyroid cancer is left untreated, it can spread outside of the thyroid to the nearby lymph nodes, nerves, and blood vessels.