Treatments & Procedures
Our physicians and specialists at Saint Vincent Hospital are dedicated to providing individualized treatment and procedures to get you on the road to recovery.
Blood Product Donation Transfusion
Some cancers cause internal bleeding; others affect the bone marrow, resulting in low blood counts. In these cases where new healthy blood is needed, a nurse or physician inserts an IV line into one of the patient’s blood vessels and administers healthy blood or blood products of the patient’s same blood type.
In chemotherapy (chemo), physicians administer medicines or drugs that stop or slow the growth of cancerous cells. Depending on the case, these medicines can destroy cancer cells outright or make tumors smaller in preparation for surgery or radiation therapy.
Cyberknife Stereotatic Radiosurgery/Stereotatic Body RadiationTherapy
Physicians treat certain malignant and non-malignant conditions using multiple beams of high energy radiation which converge precisely at the tumor or lesion. The procedure is painless. It is noninvasive meaning there is no incision. It is done as an outpatient procedure which allows you to go home the same day.
The idea of using heat to treat cancer has been around for some time, but early attempts had mixed results. Today, physicians use state-of-the-art tools to allow the precise delivery of heat, and hyperthermia is being studied for use against many types of cancer.
Immunotherapy is treatment that uses your body's own immune system to help fight cancer. Physicians stimulate a patient’s immune system in a variety of ways, training it to work harder or teaching it to attack cancer cells specifically. In other cases, a doctor may administer man-made immune system proteins to attack malignant cells.
Lasers in Cancer Treatment
Surgeons are now able to use very powerful, precise beams of light called lasers instead of blades (scalpels) for delicate surgical work, including treating some cancers.
In photodynamic therapy (PDT), physicians inject special drugs, called photosensitizing agents, into the bloodstream. These drugs are absorbed by cancer cells, and when the cells are exposed to light, the drug reacts with oxygen, forming a chemical that kills the cells.
Our board-certified radiologists offer unmatched expertise in interventional diagnostics and therapies, which include low-dose CT scans.
A surgeon uses specialized instruments to access areas inside the body to diagnose, treat or even help prevent cancer in some cases. Surgically removing cancerous cells is often the greatest chance for cure, especially if the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body.
Targeted therapy, also known as biotherapy, is a newer type of cancer treatment where doctors administer drugs or other substances to more precisely identify and attack cancer cells, usually while doing little damage to normal cells. Targeted therapy is a growing part of many cancer treatment regimens.
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Call (877) 554-3258 or use our find a physician tool to be connected to a physician who can answer your questions. You can also read more about diseases and conditions in our health library.