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Radiotherapy uses high energy rays to treat disease. It can be given both externally or internally. External radiotherapy aims high-energy radioactive beams at the affected area. Internal radiotherapy involves having radioactive material placed inside the body. It works by destroying cancer cells in the area that’s being treated. The type of radiotherapy you are given will depend on the type of cancer you have and your individual situation. Our radiotherapy has been characterized by quick personal attention dedicated to patient care and comfort. Our service includes modern technologies necessary for good treatment and the most modern equipment in medical physics to provide the patient with the best in medical care.
Brachytherapy is an advanced cancer treatment. Radioactive seeds or sources are placed in or near the tumor itself, giving a high dose to the tumor while reducing the radiation exposure in the surrounding healthy tissues. The term brachy is Greek for short distance. Brachytherapy is radiation therapy given at a short distance, localized, precise, and high-tech.
OncoAmerica provides brachytherapy for many types of cancer. Some of the tumors OncoAmerica treat with Brachytherapy are:
Head and Neck cancers
Chemotherapy is the use of any drug to treat any disease. But to most people the word chemotherapy means drugs used for cancer treatment. It is often shortened to “Chemo.” Surgery or radiotherapy remove, kill, or damage cancer cells in a certain area, but chemo can work throughout the whole body.
The goal of chemo is to either cure, control, or palliate the tumor. The primary objective of chemo is to destroy the cancer and for it to not come back. If a cure is not possible, chemo can be used to shrink tumors or to stop the cancer from growing and spreading. This can help the patient feel better and to live longer. In some patient’s cancer is managed as a chronic disease, much like heart disease or diabetes. When it is in an advanced stage and is not under control or has spread to other parts of the body, the goal is to improve the quality of life and to explore every option to benefit the patient.
OncoAmerica’s chemotherapy services provides the most current treatments know to be effective and appropriate for each patient individually. Along with chemo, we integrate all other medical services to provide comprehensive treatment that has the best possible result for every patient.
OncoAmerica believes that nutrition is the basis for good health. Our goal is to provide a nutrition treatment plan that helps the cancer patient get the nutrients they need to fight infection and incorporates other proven benefits to help them regain their health.
Cancer treatments can affect taste, smell, appetite, and the ability to get the nutrients from food. Key points;
Assessment is done before treatment and continues during treatment.
Finding nutrition problems early will improve the chances of recovery
Our team of nutrition specialist will watch for problems and screen for opportunities to improve treatment results and improve quality of life
Psychological intervention in the treatment of cancer has found that patients so treated survived twice as long as would have been expected, based on average. Better patient motivation, greater confidence in the treatment, and overall positive expectancy contributed greatly to the results.
OncoAmerica’s approach is to treat all of the factors involved with cancer. The patient's psychological treatment must be comprehensive and a suitable mood must be achieved to obtain the desired results and to improve their quality of life. This is important because it helps to stimulate the patient’s mental, spiritual and physical health.
The OncoAmerica simulation process utilizes data through a tomographic examination that provides us a graphic image in 3-dimensions and the coordinates of the tumor. This information will be used for the implementation of patient treatment. The simulation is carried out in our Tomograph, a unit designed exclusively for this process.
OncoAmerica utilizes a CT scanner designed and dedicated to radiotherapy service. This unit is particularly suitable for simulating the patient through which the graphic information of the tumor is acquired and then transfer it to our planning system, where our cancer specialist and radiotherapist prepares the individualized treatment plan.
You and your doctor will decide which, drug or combination of drugs are to be used along with treatments such as surgery, radiotherapy, or other options. The following factors are considered when developing the patients individual plan;
The type of cancer
The stage of the cancer (how far it has spread)
The patient’s age
The patient’s overall health
Other serious health problems (such as heart, liver, or kidney disease)
Types of cancer treatments given in the past.
OncoAmerica cancer specialist take these factors into account, along with other information published on similar patients and data obtained during simulation. This data is processed through a computer program exclusively designed for treatment planning. The program considers the geometry of the tumor, the tumor position, the organs and tissues that must be protected to avoid irradiating healthy areas, and optimizes treatment through different angles needed to eliminate the tumor without causing damage to healthy tissues and organs.
OncoAmerica Laboratory services provide diagnostic and screening services including phlebotomy, histopathology, diagnostic cytology, flow cytometry, cancer genetics, and pathology.
Our laboratory services help us understand the present conditions of the patient and how to improve their health through nutrition and medical treatment. Our laboratory is unique because it is dedicated to cancer patients and incorporates available technologies to understand the afflictions that affect the patient.
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment
Platelet Rich Plasma commonly referred to as “PRP” is a revolutionary new treatment. Human blood is spun down and separated, producing a concentration of platelets above normal values. Platelets are the clotting cells of our blood, but they also have great potential in enhancing healing of muscle, tendon, and ligaments.
A sample of blood is taken by venipuncture and then centrifuged to separate the various components (white cells, red blood cells, platelets, and plasma). A portion of centrifugation contains platelet-rich plasma, which has a large number of substances called "growth factors" which promote cell migration and division. These factors have the potential to stimulate a reparative response of damaged tissue. In recent years the potential benefit of PRP has been recognized in the treatment of chronic and acute injuries of the musculoskeletal system (tendons, ligaments and muscles).
Deoxyribonucleic acid commonly known as “DNA” is a material which is present in all living organisms. It is the carrier of genetic information. This genetic material carries instructions used in the growth, development, operation and reproduction of all living organisms and viruses.
OncoAmerica utilizes genetic testing to develop “Targeted Cancer Therapies”. Targeted cancer therapies are different from standard chemotherapy in several ways:
Targeted therapies act on specific molecular targets that are associated with cancer where most standard chemotherapies act on all rapidly dividing normal and cancerous cells.
Targeted therapies are deliberately chosen or designed to interact with their target, where as many standard chemotherapies were identified because they kill cells.
Targeted therapies are the focus of much anticancer drug development. They are the cornerstone of precision medicine that uses a person’s genes and proteins to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.
Stem-cell therapy is the use of stem cells to treat or prevent a disease or condition. For over 30 years, bone marrow has been used to treat cancer patients with conditions such as leukemia and lymphoma. Today, stem cells are usually collected from the blood, instead of the bone marrow. The future of this technology is exciting and OncoAmerica staff are dedicated to utilizing all proven uses that are beneficial to the treatment of our patients.