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Warren General Hospital and the Cancer Care Center provide specialists over 20 screening and diagnostic tests for cancer.
Numerous cancers are being diagnosed at Warren General through the use of advanced diagnostic tools.
Warren General Medical Oncologists are board certified in the treatment of cancer using medicines. Chemotherapy is a drug therapy used to destroy cancer cells, stop their growth, or slow their growth. Chemo is also used to shrink the size of tumors that may be causing pain or undue pressure.
Before surgery chemotherapy is used to shrink tumors and after surgery it may be used to destroy cells that remain in the body. Medical oncologists prescribe treatment and closely monitor results. There are a wide variety of therapies and your doctor can determine the duration of treatment by its success and your body’s ability to accept the medication.
Warren General has doubled its medical oncology drug infusion capacity since 2009.
Radiation oncology is the treatment of tumors with high energy x-rays to destroy the cancer cells. It is a very scientific process beginning with a board-certified radiation oncologist and a team of technologists that plan the treatment by computer aided simulation. The patient’s tumor is precisely targeted and precautions are taken to be certain no healthy cells are hit by radiation beams. A CT scan provides the exact shape of the target and another technician determines the angles, shape of the beam, and the dose of the beam.
The exact position of both the patient on the table and the linear accelerator (that shoots the beam to destroy the tumor) enable a series of doses in subsequent appointments to hit the same target week after week.
Often a surgical procedure follows a cancer treatment. Board certified Warren General surgeons work very closely with hospital medical and radiation oncologists to be certain any remaining cancer cells are surgically removed. Surgery is not always required but if it is hospital surgeons have experience with nearly all bodily structures that have been treated. Surgical procedures using laparoscopes, or robotics enable most procedures to be “same day surgeries”.