Treatment

Medical oncologists at Bon Secours treat cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy. A medical oncologist often is the main health care provider for someone who has cancer. Our medical oncologists do more than just prescribe medications for cancer relief and treatment. They also:

  • Educate you about your form of cancer and its stages of development
  • Discuss treatment options and make recommendations
  • Monitor care and treatment throughout the course of the disease
  • Work with you to improve your quality of life through healing therapy and in the management of pain and other symptoms

Bon Secours offers the most advanced radiation therapy options to treat a wide variety of cancers. Radiation therapy works by damaging the cancer cells so they cannot reproduce or grow.

We set the standard for excellence in radiation oncology, providing you and your family with compassionate care in a unique healing environment.

Call us at 804-266-7762 to discuss your options.

Half of all cancer patients in the United States receive radiation as part of their treatment, according to the American Cancer Society.

Most treatments use high-energy rays generated by a large machine called a linear accelerator. The rays are directed toward the cancer from outside the body.

For some types of cancer, internal radiation therapy, or brachytherapy, is more effective. In brachytherapy, a radioactive source is placed in or near the tumor itself through a catheter, either for a short time at a high radiation level or for a longer period with a slow release of radiation.

Treatment types include:

  • Conformal external beam radiation
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy
  • Image guided radiation therapy
  • Respiratory gating
  • Ultrasound localization
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy
  • High-dose-rate brachytherapy
  • MammoSite (for early-stage breast cancer)
  • Prostate seed implants

Your doctor will discuss potential side effects with you before you begin treatment.

 

 

The primary purpose of cancer surgery is to cure your cancer by removing all of it from your body. Your surgeon may also remove lymph nodes in the area to determine whether the cancer has spread. This helps your doctor assess the chance of your being cured, as well as the need for any further treatment. If further treatment is required, your doctor will provide a referral.