Your cancer journey is unique. At Alliance Cancer Center, we understand that your cancer diagnosis and treatment can impact your whole family. During your consultation, your physician will take the time to get to know you, consider your age, stage of disease, overall health, lifestyle and personal preferences in order to outline a treatment plan that’s tailored for you, your diagnosis, and risk factors. Our physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals will work together with you to schedule your treatment, answer questions, and offer you support along the way.
Chemotherapy is a vital tool in cancer treatment. It is the use of powerful agents which circulate systematically to destroy cancer cells throughout the body. In cases where traditional chemotherapy methods have shown limited success, non-chemotherapy drugs may also be prescribed as an adjunct. Chemotherapy is usually infused intravenously or some chemotherapy agents can be taken orally. Depending on the drugs and where the cancer is, chemotherapy may also be given in one or more of these ways:
- Intrathecal or IT – The chemo is put into the spinal canal and goes into the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord. This fluid is called the cerebrospinal fluid or CSF. Chemo put into the CSF is carried throughout the brain and spinal cord. You may either have a needle put right into your spine to quickly give the drug, or a long-term catheter and port can be put under the skin on your head during surgery. This port is called an Ommaya reservoir. The Ommaya is a small drum-like device that has a small tube attached to it. The tube goes into the CSF in a cavity of your brain. The Ommaya stays in place under your scalp until treatment is done.
- Intra-arterial – The chemo drug is put right into an artery to treat a single area (such as the liver, an arm, or leg). This method helps limit the effect the drug has on other parts of the body and is called regional chemo.
- Intracavitary – Chemo drugs may be given through a catheter into the abdominal cavity (the space around the bowels and other organs in the belly; this is called intraperitoneal chemo) or chest cavity (the space around the lungs and other organs in the chest).
- Intramuscular or IM – The drug is put in through a needle into a muscle (as an injection or shot).
- Intralesional – A needle is used to put the drug right into a tumor in the skin, under the skin, or in an internal organ.
- Topical – The drug is put right on an area of cancer on the skin as a cream, gel, or ointment.
Alliance Cancer Specialists also provides treatment with patients who have blood conditions including: problems with the red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, blood vessels, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, and the proteins involved in bleeding and clotting (hemostasis and thrombosis).
We also treat blood cancers including Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma.