Cancer Treatment Options
Our expert team of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists and radiologists work closely to correctly diagnose your cancer and talk to you about your treatment. When choosing where to receive your cancer care, it is important to know all your treatment options. We provide the latest high-quality treatments and cutting-edge technology. At Mercy, our doctors will help you choose which option is best for you based on your personal goals and treatment needs.
- Surgery – Surgical removal of tumors or cancerous tissue performed in a minimally invasive manner that speeds recovery.
- Pathology – The study and diagnosis of cancerous samples to allow for an accurate diagnosis and allows physicians to determine the progression or stage of the disease.
- Chemotherapy – Delivery of medication to kill rapidly dividing cancer cells, to destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells, relieve symptoms, improve the outcome of surgical or radiation treatments, and/or shrink tumors by diminishing blood supply to cancer cells.
- Radiation Oncology – Delivery of radiation including state-of-the-art image-guided radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, brachytherapy, and mammosite, which specifically target tumor cells while avoiding healthy tissue. The goal is to shrink tumors, alleviate pressure, and/or target the affected tissue to kill cancer cells and prevent recurrence. We provide radiation therapy including: 3D conformal therapy, Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), partial breast radiation, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and more. Nazareth Hospital is accredited by the ACR-ASTRO Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation.
- Radiology – Full range of imaging technology utilized for diagnosis and treatment including Mobile PET/CT Scan with 3D laser for tumor mapping/treatment planning, MRI, ultrasound, ultrasound-guided biopsy, digital mammography and X-Ray. Interventional radiologists perform state-of-the-art procedures such as chemoembolization and radiofrequency ablation.
Mercy Health System's oncologic and general surgeons have extensive experience in surgical treatment for such cancers as: breast, gastrointestinal and colorectal, thyroid and parathyroid, pancreatic and melanoma.
Our Radiation Oncology Departments offers advanced cancer treatment--image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). IGRT provides precise delivery of radiation that spares healthy tissue while focusing intense radiation beams on tumors.
IGRT uses frequent two and three-dimensional imaging during a course of radiation treatment to shape radiation and direct it at tumors. Through more precise targeting of the beam, dosage levels can be increased and target volumes (the three-dimensional areas to receive treatment) can be reduced--so tumors get a higher dose of radiation and healthy surrounding tissues get very little. Higher doses have been shown to enhance treatment effectiveness. And better targeting reduces the possible side effects of radiotherapy. IGRT is especially useful for patients with cancers of the head and neck, breast and prostate.