Oncology

If you have any tumors, lesions, or cancerous conditions, or if you suspect you do, our oncologists can help you


Cancer can be overwhelming. Our oncologists can help patients navigate their journey from proper diagnosis to all of the types of treatments. Just like no two patients are the same, neither are two cancers the same. Treatment plans are developed with this in mind. Because of our relationship to the university’s medical faculty and the Living Lab, patients will have access to the latest technologies and research. With an on-site pharmacy, patients may be able to receive therapy on-site. Call for an appointment today.

 
 

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Medical Facts

FAQ

1What is cancer?
Cancer can occur anywhere in the body. When we grow, cells naturally divide. When the growth becomes out of control and cells divide non-stop rapidly, this is cancer.
2How do I know if I have cancer? What are the symptoms?
Sometimes we have cancer and we don’t know. This is why regular check-ups are important. Doctors are trained in what to look for and how cancer presents. Classic symptoms will vary on the type and location of the cancer, but fatigue, weight loss, pain, and changes in bowel habits are all symptoms that should be brought to the attention of your doctor.
3How is cancer diagnosed?
If you think you have cancer, there are a number of tests available. It depends the type of cancer that is suspected. Sometimes all a doctor needs to do is a physical exam, checking for any lumps or areas of concern. Sometimes your doctor will order imaging tests like a CT scan or MRI. These will allow the doctor to see inside your body and see if any tumors or anything else is present that may explain your symptoms. In other cases, your doctor may order a blood test or what is called a biopsy. A biopsy just means taking a small sample of a tumor or cyst and running tests to see if they are cancerous.
4What is a biopsy?
Your doctor may order what is called a biopsy. This is where the doctor will remove a small part of tissue within your body usually using a needle and send that sample to a lab for testing. Doctors use biopsies to diagnose diseases, such as cancer, as well as to look for signs of infection or other abnormalities in the tissue. A positive result means the presence of a condition or disease, while a negative result means the absence of a condition or disease. Therefore, generally, a negative biopsy result is a good one.
5The Stages of Cancer
You may have heard of the stages of cancer, but not know what each stage means. It's important for doctors to know the stage because it helps them to determine the best course of treatment. In Stage 1, patients have cancer in one spot. It has not yet spread to other parts of the body. In Stage 2, the tumor has grown bigger than before but is still in one spot. In the next stage, Stage 3, the cancer has grown and spread to nearby tissues or lymph nodes. Stage 4 is when the cancer has spread to multiple organs or tissues.
6What if I have Stage 4 Cancer? Will I die?
Everyone's experience of cancer is different. In stage 4, the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. It is more difficult to fight, but depending on the cancer not impossible. Many people with stage 4 cancer do recover and go on to live full and active lives. Treatment for stage 4 cancer can be very effective. Talk with your doctor about your specific case and prognosis.
7What Are Cancer Treatments?
In medicine, treatments are any actions taken to correct the condition or cure disease. For cancer, these may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and hormonal therapy depending on the exact cancer type and options available.
8What are monoclonal antibodies? How do they work?
Monoclonal antibodies are a form of immunotherapy, training the body to fight cancer. In this treatment, patients are given proteins that are designed to target and attach to specific molecules in the body, including those on the surface of cancer cells. Monoclonal antibodies can also be used to help deliver drugs or toxins directly to cancer cells, to block the growth of new blood vessels that feed tumors, or to improve the effectiveness of other cancer treatments.
9What is the difference between a lesion, a tumor, and a cyst?
Lesions, tumors, cysts, and lumps are all abnormal growths that may form in the body. A lesion is the general term for an area of abnormal tissue. A tumor is lesion that is created when when cells divide and multiply too quickly. A cyst is a sac filled with fluid or other material. The symptoms of these types of abnormal growths vary depending on the type and size, but they may include pain, swelling, and/or a noticeable lump or bump.  Diagnosis typically involves a physical exam and imaging tests such as an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI. A biopsy may also be performed to confirm the diagnosis.  The treatment for these types of abnormal growths usually depends on the type and size. Lesions, tumors, and cysts may be treated with surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. Suspicious lumps may be monitored for changes or treated with surgery. If you discover any lump, please see your doctor.
10What are systemic cancer treatments?
Treatments that are designed to target cancer cells throughout the entire body are called systemic cancer treatments. When you hear systemic, think system. These treatments target systems. Many commonly-known treatments (such as chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and immunotherapy) are systemic ones. Often patients who have cancer that has spread beyond the initial tumor site will be prescribed these kinds of treatments.
11What are complementary and integrative cancer therapies?
If the prescribed treatment is not part of conventional medical care, they are said to be complementary and integrative therapies. These may include dietary supplements, herbal remedies, acupuncture, massage, and other lifestyle changes. These therapies are not intended to cure cancer, but are used rather to support conventional medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, and to help manage symptoms of the disease. The aim is to treat the whole patient and these complement what is thought to be the classic medical care.
12Does complementary care work?
For the intended purposes, yes. Research has shown that complementary therapies and an integrated approach to care can help reduce stress, improve quality of life, and promote a sense of well-being. Treating patients holistically is a good thing. However, it is important to remember that while these therapies have been shown to be beneficial for patients, they are not intended to cure cancer and should not be used in place of conventional medical treatments. Talk to your doctor before starting any complementary or integrative therapy to ensure it is safe and appropriate for you.
13If I have a lesion, tumor, cyst, or suspicious lump, do I have cancer?
Not necessarily. Sometimes people safely live their whole lives with cysts and tumors without ever knowing. However, once you find something, you should get it checked by a doctor. May order a few tests or scans will be needed to determine if it is cancer or not, but it is always better to be safe and get it checked out, rather than waiting, not knowing, and finding out the situation has worsened.
14My doctor says my test result is positive. What does that mean?
It generally means you have the condition being tested. A positive test result in medicine means that the test has detected the presence of a particular disease or condition. For example, a positive test result for HIV means that the person has the HIV virus. So, a positive test result for cancer means that the person has cancer. It is positive because the presence of cancer was detected. It is important to remember that even a positive test result does not necessarily mean that the person has the condition, as false positives can occur. Follow up with your doctor. Additional tests or treatments may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
15My doctor says my test result is negative. What does that mean?
It generally means you do not have the condition being tested. A negative test result in medicine means that the test has not detected the presence of a particular disease or condition. For example, a negative test result for HIV means that the person does not have the HIV virus. So, a negative test result for cancer means that the person does not have cancer. It is negative because the presence of cancer was not detected. It is important to remember that even a negative test result does not necessarily mean that the person does not have the condition, as false negatives can occur. Follow up with your doctor as additional tests or treatments may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
16What is Palliative Care?
Sometimes your doctor will order what is called palliative care to go beyond medical needs and address your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Designed to improve quality of life for both the patient and their family, this form of care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illness, regardless of the diagnosis. Palliative care can be provided by various professionals such as doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and others. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of a serious illness, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond, and can be provided alongside curative treatments.
17When do I need palliative care?
In general, everyone needs palliative care and it can be used as a supplement to any other medical treatments to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Typically, though, palliative care is prescribed when a person experiences a serious illness. It can be recommended at any time from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. When a person has a serious illness and treatments to cure the illness are no longer available, often this is when palliative care is sought. This care can help with managing symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, and depression as well as providing emotional and spiritual support.

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