Many technological advances are revolutionizing how cancer is diagnosed and treated today. Sylvester’s team of oncologists, surgeons, and radiologists are leaders in the use of a variety of cutting-edge procedures that treat cancers at their earliest stages.
Many patients with cancer receive chemotherapy, which is a term that describes a wide range of cancer-fighting medication. Chemotherapy is usually delivered intravenously (through an IV), and each treatment can last up to 23 hours. Patients usually require multiple treatments over the course of several weeks, months, or years.
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The Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program treats patients with various types of cancer and hematological diseases, including:
- Leukemia (Acute and Chronic)
- Non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Severe aplastic anemia
- Myelodysplasia and Myelofibrosis
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Radiation therapy is a highly effective treatment for many types of cancer. Sylvester’s radiation oncologists use the most advanced technology, including CyberKnife®, to target tumors with pinpoint accuracy. Radiation – delivered in several different ways – damages the DNA, or genetic “blueprint,” of both healthy and cancerous cells. However, cancer cells usually are much less able to repair DNA damage, which often leads to the destruction of tumor cells.
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UHealth Imaging housed within UMHC combines highly trained interventional radiology physicians with state-of-the-art technology, including NanoKnife™. Often an optimal alternative to surgery for a wide range of conditions, interventional radiology utilizes image-guided, targeted treatments that improve outcomes and shorten recovery, with less risk and pain, compared to traditional surgery.
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In some cases, surgery may be a patient’s best option for eliminating or treating cancer. Surgery can be appropriate as a first step in the treatment process, or in many instances, surgery can come after other treatments have been prescribed – often after a tumor has shrunk from chemotherapy. Surgery can also be useful to address other medical issues that arise as a result of cancer or cancer treatment.
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