Cancer Treatments

We offer the best, most personalized and advanced treatment services in a community-based setting. Patients are able to receive their treatments close to their homes and within their local communities.Type your paragraph here.  Treatments available include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery,stereotactic radiosurgery and biologic and targeted therapies.

Chemotherapy

Our medical oncologists and hematologists may determine that chemotherapy should be included as part of a patient's cancer treatment plan.

Chemotherapy is the treatment of cancerous diseases with drugs that interfere with cancer cell growth and reproduction.  Normal cells grow and die in a controlled way. When cancer occurs, the cancer cells keep dividing and forming more cancer cells. Chemotherapy destroys cancer cells by preventing them from growing or multiplying. Side effects result when the surrounding healthy cells are also harmed. Non cancerous cells usually repair themselves after chemotherapy.
 
The type of chemotherapy you receive will depend on the type of cancer you have, where the cancer is found, and patient specific characteristics. Your cancer care specialists at Arizona Oncology will recommend a treatment plan that will work best for you. In many instances chemotherapy will be used in addition to surgery and radiation.
 
We strive to make chemotherapy treatments as pleasant and comfortable as possible for patients. Our oncology teams work closely together to manage dosages and monitor patient progress, to ensure the best formulas and treatment plans to fight specific disease.

Radiation Therapy

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
IMRT stands for Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy. This involves varying the intensity of a radiation beam into several smaller beams that pinpoint and destroy cancer cells while sparing normal organs and tissues. IMRT enables physicians to tailor the radiation dosages to the contours of a tumor while reducing irradiation of healthy organs and tissues. This treatment works well for prostate cancer, head and neck, abdominal, lung, and other sites where the cancer may wrap around healthy organs and tissues.

Brachytherapy
Brachytherapy is the placement of radioactive seeds, needles, or catheters near or inside a tumor. These can be placed permanently or temporarily depending on the cancer being treated.

High Dose Rate (HDR)
HDR is a term meaning High Dose Rate. It is a type of brachytherapy that uses a high dose source that is only placed in or near cancers temporarily in a highly controlled manner under strict supervision. It finds the most use in gynecologic cancers, sarcomas and less commonly other sites such as esophageal, lung or tumors of the biliary tract. Because the radiation is delivered in high doses, the treatment time is shortened.



Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)

SAVI® Breast Brachytherapy
The SAVI® breast brachytherapy applicator is the latest advancement in the delivery of radiation treatment for women with early-stage breast cancer. we are designated as a Center of Excellence in accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) for offering this advanced technology.
 
Breast brachytherapy is an approach that uses radiation to treat the lumpectomy cavity and the surrounding tissue from within the breast.  SAVI allows your radiation oncologist to precisely deliver radiation where it is needed most.
 
If you have been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, you might be eligible for 5-day radiation therapy with SAVI. SAVISisters.com provides access to important information about the SAVI applicator and partial breast radiation, as well as the opportunity to learn more from the women who have already experienced treatment with SAVI. 
 
Mammosite
Mammosite is a specific type of HDR Brachytherapy which specifically is used to treat breast cancer. It utilizes an inflatable balloon temporarily placed in a lumpectomy site at the time of surgery or in some cases, 2-3 weeks later and then followed by twice daily treatments over 5 days of just a few minutes a day where only the resected area of the breast is targeted.

Contura                                                                                                                                                                            Contura is a type of radiation balloon called a multi-lumen balloon or MLB. Contura contains five separate lumens or tubes inside the balloon. The additional lumens help your doctor to shape or contour the radiation dose away from the skin or chest wall to obtain a more optimal result. Your doctor may be able to better target the radiation to the areas in most need of treatment and keep it away from healthy tissue and organs to help minimize side effects caused by the radiation.

Surgery

Surgery is the oldest form of cancer treatment. The majority of cancer patients will undergo surgery either for the removal of a tumor or in combination with other therapies.

There are multiple types of cancer surgery:

Curative Surgery

Curative Surgery involves the removal of a cancerous tumor. It works well on localized cancers that haven't spread to other parts of the body. Curative surgery is often followed by radiation therapy or chemotherapy to be certain all cancerous cells have been removed.

Diagnostic Surgery

Diagnostic Surgery is also known as a biopsy. A biopsy removes a sample of tissue from the body for examination. During an examination of the colon, a biopsy can be taken with forceps through a tube known as an endoscope. In other cases, the biopsy is taken using a hypodermic needle. 

Supportive Surgery

Supportive Surgery is surgery that supports other cancer treatments. A common supportive surgery is the insertion of a port. Ports are used to give physicians access to different parts of the body. They may be used for chemotherapytreatments or to monitor different parts of the body.

Staging Surgery

Staging Surgery is used to determine the extent of a cancer when less invasive procedures are not effective. In some cases, this can be done without an incision by using a tiny camera attached to a flexible tube. The tube is inserted into natural body openings. These cameras allow surgeons to view suspicious areas and take tissue samples when needed.

Preventative Surgery

Preventative Surgery can be an effective way to keep cancer from occurring. Precancerous skin cells can be removed before they become malignant. Many colon cancers can be prevented by removing precancerous polyps.  

Biologic and Targeted Therapies

Some of the newest and most promising areas of cancer treatment are biologic therapies and other so-called "targeted" therapies. A biologic therapy is a drug that is manufactured from, or otherwise similar to, substances produced by living cells, as opposed to a chemical like chemotherapy. Targeted therapies are drugs that attack cancer by "zooming in" on specific parts of cancer cells. Some of these drugs are given IV in the office, and others may be taken as pills at home. Many of these types of drugs are safer and have fewer side effects than older chemotherapy drugs. Our oncologists will determine if you are a candidate for a treatment with these types of drugs and will explain all that is involved in administering them.

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