Each patient at the Dorcy Cancer Center receives an individualized treatment plan that is informed by our team of expert oncologists. The plan is created following careful study of the patient's imaging studies, pathology report and other test results, as well as a thorough physical examination.
Below we provide more information about the different types of cancer treatment and diagnostic tests available at the Dorcy Cancer Center. The range of therapies may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, hormone therapy or a combination of these therapies.
Depending on the type, location and size of the cancer, you may be recommended either local or systemic therapies. Local therapies include surgery and radiation, which treat tumors at the site. Systemic therapies circulate throughout the body in the bloodstream and include chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, antiangiogenesis agents and vaccines. Systemic therapies are administered by mouth, injection or infusion (IV).
The inpatient chemotherapy Infusion Center at the Dorcy Cancer Center has been newly remodeled with patient comfort in mind. To ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care, all of our nurses are certified oncology nurses. Our clinical pharmacist reviews all chemotherapy provided in the infusion center to ensure appropriate dosage.
For more information, visit our Infusion Center page.
St. Mary-Corwin’s radiation oncology department is a leader in cancer treatment and radiation therapy.
Our state-of-the-art radiation therapy center offers:
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS): fast, precise, non-invasive treatment for cancer sites located throughout the body including difficult to operate regions such as the lungs, brain, spinal cord, prostate and abdomen.
- Arc-based Treatment Delivery: delivers radiation treatments in a fraction of the time of standard radiation oncology equipment.
- Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT): monitors the movement of tumors and other organs to ensure that treatment is safe and accurate.
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT): shapes to a tumor’s size and shape and reduces exposure to healthy tissue by creating multiple small beams of radiation that converge at tumor’s focal point.
- Respiratory Gating Treatment Delivery, Optical Guidance Patient Positioning Tracking and Continuous Motion Management: technology that tracks patient and tumor movement in real time to allow for more precise and accurate treatment delivery.
- 3-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D CRT): utilizes computers and advanced imaging to deliver external-beam radiation therapy that conforms to a tumor’s specific shape and size.
- High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy: delivers direct doses of radiation to a tumor with minimal impact to surrounding tissue while decreasing length of treatment.
Advances in diagnosis and therapy in radiology continue at a rapid pace. The Department of Radiology at St. Mary-Corwin prides itself in being on the leading edge of these advances as radiology is an important piece of both the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Advanced imaging shows both function and anatomy at the same time, making it the best way to identify and evaluate the development of cancer. Our radiology department has several innovative methods for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer including techniques to deliver localized therapy to treat cancer with less impact on the rest of the body.
St. Mary-Corwin’s Breast Center of Excellence offers complete screening and diagnostic services. Our comprehensive services include:
- 3D Mammography
- Digital screening mammography
- Digital mammography
- Breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy
- Breast MRI and MRI-guided breast biopsy
- Stereotactic Biopsy
- PET/CT scans
- Bone densitometry screening
- High-risk breast screening
At the Dorcy Cancer Center pathology laboratory, we access a wide range of specialized testing services and expert pathologists.
In order to provide the best care to our cancer patients, our treating physicians consult pathologists to gain key health information including diagnosis of disease, indications of disease prognosis, additional testing and potential therapeutic interventions.