Cancer Care Las Vegas
There are five fundamental types of cancer treatment for patients of Comprehensive Cancer Centers. These cancer treatments may be used alone, or in combination with other therapies, depending on type of cancer, stage at diagnosis, the patient’s overall health, and what their Comprehensive oncologist determines the most applicable treatments for their unique profile.
Patients of Comprehensive Cancer will have an in-depth discussion with their medical oncologist, as well as any other physicians such as radiation oncologist or breast surgeons, depending on each case. The team will offer the recommended cancer treatment options or strategy including timelines, potential side effects as well as clinical research options, if applicable.
For treatment of cancer, Comprehensive’s primary treatment options include:
- Chemotherapy: Medications that reduce cancer growth and spread
- Radiation Therapy: Radiation delivered to inhibit cancer cell reproduction
- Surgery: Removal of cancerous tumors and other obstructions
- Hormone Therapy: Medications that aid or limit the presence or activity of hormones to control cancer growth
- Targeted Therapy: A type of cancer treatment that targets proteins that control how cancer cells grow, divide, and spread.
- Immunotherapy: Therapy that aids the body’s own immune system to affect cancer cells.
Chemotherapy: This treatment option is part of a standardized regimen to treat cancerous diseases with drugs that interfere with cancer cell growth and reproduction. These cancer-fighting drugs also target and attack cancerous cells that may have spread to other parts of the body. Chemotherapy is often used in conjunction with other cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy and/or surgery.
Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy is an effective cancer treatment option for patients in Las Vegas. Comprehensive Cancer provides several types of radiation therapy options for those with cancer. From CyberKnife® Radiosurgery to Radioisotope therapy, among many others including High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR), Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) and SpaceOAR® hydrogel, the practice works closely with a patient’s medical team to provide radiation treatment best suited for their individual needs.
Breast Surgery: The patient care team at Comprehensive Cancer includes breast surgeons who conduct both non-cancer and cancer-related surgeries of the breast. Surgery is a critical aspect of their efforts to provide the most modern and effective treatment options to breast care and breast cancer patients.
Hormone Therapy: Hormone therapy, practiced by Comprehensive’s team of medical oncologists is treatment that slows or stops growth of cancer that rely on hormones to grow and spread. Hormone therapy is also called hormone treatment or endocrine therapy.
Targeted Therapy: Targeted therapy is offered to patients at Comprehensive. Most types of targeted therapy help treat cancer by interfering with specific proteins that help tumors grow and spread throughout the body. They treat cancer in many ways like helping the immune system destroy cancer cells and stopping cell growth through various modalities.
Immunotherapy: The immune system often recognizes cancerous cells and eliminate them. However, cancer can sometimes develop what could be considered a camouflage to shield itself from immune systems. When camouflaged, cells can survive, grow and spread to other parts of the body. Immunotherapy breaks down that camouflage, exposing malignant cells and eliminating them.
These treatment options, while forming the foundation of Comprehensive’s treatment for cancer patients, do not encapsulate the practice’s entire scope of services. A key differentiator for the practice, in treatment options, extends to clinical research. Clinical research provides patients of Comprehensive the opportunity to take an active role in their treatment plans and to help improve cancer treatment for future patients.
The purpose of clinical trials is first and foremost to better the care for patients going through cancer treatment. Each year, Comprehensive participates in more than 170 active clinical trials treating thousands of patients from Southern Nevada, and all over the world.
Comprehensive also provides Cancer Genetic Counseling to help patients better understand and manage potential cancer risks. In addition, the practice provides pulmonology and sleep medicine services in its continuum of care.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help
Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for patients who’ve been referred to the practice, with all treatments being done in Southern Nevada. To schedule an appointment with Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.
The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.