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Treatment

Through comprehensive services and compassion for our patients, our treatment results in improved outcomes and comfort throughout your cancer journey. Please read more below to learn how our wide range of treatment options can meet your individual needs.

Treatment Options

If you have received a diagnosis of cancer, already understand that such a complex disease requires a course of skilled treatment. In fact, your physician may very well recommend more than one type of treatment in order to target the cancer as effectively as possible. At ProMedica, our facilities and staff will provide you with the combination of treatments that will help you most.

Below, we have listed and described several common treatments for cancer. The type of treatment that you get depends a lot on the type of cancer you have and its stage of development. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, your physician will explain the benefits and potential side effects of each type so that you feel confident in your course of treatment.

Download a chart of where cancer services are offered at ProMedica locations nearest you.

Surgery

When you undergo surgery to treat cancer, surgeons physically remove cancerous tumors. In addition to removing the tumor or tumors, your surgeon will also remove areas just around the tumor. They do this in order to get rid of any stray cancer cells that may be near the tumor.

Chemotherapy

Your medical oncologist prescribes a drug or a combination of drugs that stop or slow down the growth of cancer cells.

Hormone Therapy

Your medical oncologist prescribes a course of drugs called “hormone suppressor agents.” These drugs stop your own natural hormones. Hormone therapy is often prescribed when your physician determines that your cancer is responding to your natural hormones. (For example, estrogen-receptive breast cancer and testosterone-receptive prostate cancer often require hormone therapy.)

Radiation Therapy

When you receive radiation therapy, a radiation oncologist prescribes a precise amount of high-energy X-rays to be delivered to the cancerous tumors and the area around the tumor or tumors. The goal of radiation therapy is to try to kill the cancer cells.

Vaccine or Biological Modifier Therapy

In vaccine therapy, the prescribed medications trigger the body’s immune system to fight the cancer in the same way it fights the common cold or the flu. This type of therapy is promising but not yet common. These medications are not yet available for use in many cancer treatments.

Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is not a particular type of treatment; rather, it is a medical study that can incorporate any combination of available treatments. When you participate in a clinical trial, you are participating in research. Through these research studies, medical professionals strive to find new, safe and effective treatments to help cancer patients. Clinical trials are always voluntary, and you must be approved for the trial before you participate to make sure that you are a good candidate for the trial. If you have any questions about how clinical trials work, ask a member of your healthcare team. They have materials to help explain the clinical trial process.

Learn more about clinical trials.