Cancer Services & Treatments

cancer-health-wellness-imageYou’ll get well-rounded cancer care at Tri-City Medical Center, which offers extensive medical treatments and a variety of complementary support services. It’s all provided by compassionate professionals who keep you as healthy as possible in body, mind and spirit.

Your Cancer Treatment Options

After a cancer screening and diagnosis, your doctor will recommend a treatment plan that’s right for your type of cancer, stage of the disease and overall health. Your regimen will include one or more of the therapies below.


Chemotherapy uses medications to destroy cancer cells. It works especially well on tumors that grow quickly, including acute myelogenous leukemia and Hodgkin disease.

The treatment also kills some healthy cells in your bone marrow, digestive system and hair follicles. Chemotherapy’s side effects are usually temporary, and we’ll help you manage them. If it’s appropriate for your specific situation, you may receive targeted chemotherapy, a new treatment that attacks only cancer cells and reduces side effects.

A nurse will likely administer chemotherapy through a needle inserted into your vein. But you might instead take medication by swallowing it or applying it to your skin. No matter how your chemotherapy is delivered, we’ll make sure you receive the right dose for your body size and stage of cancer.

Depending on your specific health needs, you’ll get treatment as either an outpatient or inpatient.

Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapy blocks the effect of hormones that contribute to some cancers, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and thyroid cancer. You might take medications or a surgeon may remove the gland that produces those hormones.

You’ll get help easing hormone therapy’s side effects, which could include fatigue, decreased sex drive or ability, mood changes and loss of bone density.

Immune or Targeted Therapy

These are new treatments that attack mainly the cancer cells, sparing the normal cells, and having fewer side effects.

Immunotherapy (also called biologic therapy or biotherapy) is a cancer treatment which works by inducing, enhancing, or suppressing an immune response. The cells, antibodies, and organs of the immune system work to protect and defend the body against foreign invaders, such as bacteria or viruses.

Targeted Therapy is a type of chemotherapy that specifically attacks cancer cells while doing less damage to other normal cells. Targeted therapy targets the cancer’s genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to cancer growth and survival.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy waves to kill or damage cancer cells. Your doctor may recommend medications that make cancer cells more vulnerable to radiation, which helps the treatment work better. You can get radiation in three ways:

  • Externally – Uses a machine to send rays from outside your body into the tumor
  • Internally – Implants a radioactive seed or pellet into or near the cancerous tissue during a treatment known as brachytherapy
  • Systemically – Administers radioactive drugs through an IV or via a pill you swallow

If you receive radiation externally or internally, treatment affects mainly the area of your body with cancer. But sometimes, radiation damages nearby healthy tissue. This leads to side effects, such as soreness, fatigue and skin problems, which your cancer care team will help you manage.

Cancer Surgery

A surgeon may remove tissue or an organ from your body to:

  • Diagnose cancer
  • See how far the disease has spread
  • Eliminate tumors
  • Prevent a certain part of your body from developing cancer

Your doctor will preserve as much healthy tissue as possible during your cancer surgery.

After operations that treat some cancers, such as breast cancer, surgeons can reconstruct the affected part of your body to restore its function or appearance.

If your surgery includes lymph node removal, get lymphedema care to manage swelling and other symptoms that may appear after the procedure.

Clinical Trials

To determine the safety and effectiveness of new cancer treatments, researchers use clinical trials. You may qualify for a promising experimental therapy in a clinical research trial available through Tri-City Medical Center. If your doctor indicates you’re a candidate, explore what to consider when deciding whether to participate in a clinical trial.

Find Support During & After Treatment

You’ll feel more comfortable during and after treatment thanks to cancer support and wellness services at Tri-City Medical Center. Take advantage of:

  • Nutrition counseling – Advice about eating healthfully
  • Home care – Visits from health professionals who offer pain management, counseling and more
  • Support groups – Friendship and encouragement
  • Spiritual care – Guidance from compassionate chaplains
  • Palliative care – Team support that improves your and your family’s quality of life