Treatments & Procedures
Your cancer treatment must be tailored specifically to you. That’s the foundation of our approach at San Ramon Regional Medical Center.
Blood product donation & transfusion
Some cancers cause internal bleeding; others affect the bone marrow, resulting in low blood counts. In these cases in which new healthy blood is needed, a nurse or physician inserts an IV line into one of the patient’s blood vessels and administers healthy blood or blood products of the patient’s same blood type.
Brachytherapy is internal radiation. It involves implanting radioactive isotopes inside or near a tumor, or ingesting a radioactive substance by mouth or tube. Brachytherapy can be permanent, temporary or may be a radiation source that the body eventually sheds by itself. Brachytherapy delivers a concentrated dosage of radiation directly to the tumor.
In chemotherapy (chemo), physicians administer medicines or drugs that stop or slow the growth of cancerous cells. Depending on the case, these medicines can destroy cancer cells outright or make tumors smaller in preparation for surgery or radiation therapy.
Immunotherapy is treatment that uses your body's own immune system to help fight cancer. Physicians stimulate a patient’s immune system in a variety of ways, training it to work harder or teaching it to attack cancer cells specifically. In other cases, a doctor may administer man-made immune system proteins to attack malignant cells.
Lasers in cancer treatment
Surgeons are now able to use very powerful, precise beams of light called lasers instead of blades (scalpels) for delicate surgical work, including treating some cancers.
In photodynamic therapy (PDT), physicians inject special drugs, called photosensitizing agents, into the bloodstream. These drugs are absorbed by cancer cells. When the cells are exposed to light, the drug reacts with oxygen, forming a chemical that kills the cells.
Cancer patients have access to radiology services. Board-certified radiologists offer expertise in interventional diagnostics and therapies, which include low-dose CT scans.
A surgeon uses specialized instruments to access areas inside the body to diagnose, treat or even help prevent cancer in some cases. Surgically removing cancerous cells is often the greatest chance for cure, especially if the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. Surgical oncologist and gynecological oncology surgeons have completed specific training in the surgical management of cancer.
Targeted therapy, also known as biotherapy, is a newer type of cancer treatment in which doctors administer drugs or other substances to more precisely identify and attack cancer cells, usually while doing little damage to normal cells. Targeted therapy is a growing part of many cancer treatment regimens.
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