Many options, one goal
A cancer diagnosis changes your life forever. With so many different kinds of cancer that can progress in so many different ways, treatment is complex.
At Salem Cancer Institute, we specialize in hope. Our doctors and nurses represent every specialty involved in cancer treatment. Together, they create a treatment plan unique to each patient that uses every tool in the battle against cancer.
We want you to be prepared for whatever treatment path you take. Part of that preparation is understanding the different types of cancer treatment that are available.
- Medical oncology includes the medicine-based treatments for cancer, such as hormone therapy and chemotherapy.
- Radiation oncology uses technology to introduce radiation into the body to kill cancer cells. At Salem Hospital, that my include targeting an invisible beam of radiation into the cancer or implanting a tiny radioactive “seed”.
- Cancer surgery involves physically removing as much of the cancer from the body as possible. This can be done with a traditional, “open” surgery or sometimes in a minimally invasive procedure using a robot. Surgery is often followed up with chemotherapy or radiation to kill any remaining cancer cells.