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Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute



 
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Types of Treatment

Types of Treatment


We offer comprehensive treatment programs including medical, surgical and radiation oncology, rehabilitation, and access to clinical research trials.
 

Surgery

If your diagnosis requires surgery, surgical specialists provide care focused on providing the best possible outcomes. When appropriate, minimally invasive techniques are used to minimize pain and speed recovery. Open surgical techniques are also employed when indicated.
 

Technological advances, such as the da Vinci® Surgical System, allow surgeons to perform complex procedures through tiny openings, allowing faster recovery. These procedures are effectively used in treating prostate and gynecologic cancers.
 

Medical Therapy

Our experienced staff of board-certified medical oncologists work closely with referring physicians and the treatment team to provide each person with an individualized plan of care. Chemotherapy may be administered in our state-of-the-art Oncology Infusion Center, located at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute. This setting is staffed by chemotherapy-certified nurses who deliver expert care in a warm and supportive environment.
 

Radiation Therapy

30% of all cancer patients require radiation oncology which can be administered externally (beam radiation) or internally (brachytherapy). The overall goal is to destroy cancerous cells, while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible and minimizing treatment side effects.

Our radiation oncology team includes board-certified physicians, nurses, physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, and a nutritionist. Advanced technologies such as TomoTherapy®, high dose rate therapy (Mammosite®), and Gamma Knife® bring patients the most innovative treatments, all delivered in a caring and convenient setting. Click here to watch a video about what to expect during your radiation oncology treatment.
 

Rehabilitation Services

Cancer and its treatment may cause a variety of conditions ranging from reduced mobility, fatigue and impaired balance to lymphedema, amputation challenges, wounds and swallowing difficulties.

We offer a full spectrum of physical, occupational and speech-language therapy services to maximize our patients’ quality of life from the time of diagnosis through cancer treatment and survivorship. Click here to learn more.



 
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