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Treatments

A multidisciplinary approach to treatment means

a comprehensive care plan

ProHealth Care involves a team of experts in your care ranging from medical and radiation oncologists to surgeons, radiologists, dietitians and physical therapists. Together, they put together a treatment plan that is comprehensive in treating not only the disease of cancer, but in treating you as an individual with unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Following are some of the treatments available through ProHealth Care that may be part of your care plan.

External beam therapy

Conventional and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) uses a computer to aim radioactive rays at the tumor from outside of the body, killing cancer cells over time. Radiation is administered based on tumor size, shape and location. The intensity of the beams can be adjusted as needed to match the exact geometric shape of the tumor, minimizing damage to surrounding tissue. Generally, five applications are required per week for a period of six to seven weeks. The treatments cause no pain and only last a few minutes each. 

  

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells. It can be used alone to treat cancer or it may be combined with other treatments, such as surgery or radiation. Chemotherapy is most often given in cycles, with a treatment followed by a rest period and then repeated again over a series of weeks. It can also be used to help ease signs and symptoms of advanced cancer, such as pain.

Chemoembolization

A method of delivering a relatively large dose of chemotherapy directly to the tumor, effectively “starving” the tumor by cutting off its blood supply. This method is mostly used in colon or rectal cancer that has spread to the liver. 

Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic or robotic surgery)

In minimally invasive procedures, the surgeon makes a number of small incisions. These allow the surgeon slip in a tiny video camera and specially designed surgical instruments to perform the procedure. When you have minimally invasive surgery, you’re likely to lose less blood and have less postoperative pain, have smaller scars, and have a faster recovery than you would after open surgery.

Robotic-assisted surgery for treatment of rectal cancer

In robotic-assisted surgery, surgeons conduct procedures through small incisions (minimally invasive surgery) using a robotic system. Robotic surgery allows surgeons to perform many complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than standard surgical techniques.

Radiofrequency ablation

A minimally invasive treatment that applies heat directly to the tumor, causing cancer cell death with minimal associated injury to the surrounding tissue and organs. 

Yttrium-90 (Y-90) microsphere radioembolization

Colorectal cancer is the major cause of cancerous liver tumors. ProHealth Care offers a minimally invasive procedure in which a catheter is inserted through a tiny incision in the groin and threaded through the arteries until it reaches the hepatic artery. The hepatic artery is one of two blood vessels feeding the liver. Once the catheter is in the proper place, millions of microscopic beads containing Y-90 are released. The beads lodge in the smaller vessels that directly feed the tumor, stopping blood flow and emitting radiation to kill the tumor cells.

Clinical trials

Many of our patients participate in national studies established by the National Cancer Institute involving major cancer centers throughout the country. These trials offer you access to the most advanced, clinically approved treatments available. Your participation also helps us find solutions to the causes of cancer and improve cancer outcomes.

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