Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology

“Focused on Cancer, Centered on You”

If you or someone you care for is diagnosed with cancer, you may need to meet with a medical oncologist to plan the best course of treatment. You’ll find the latest treatments available at VMOC. To maximize efficiency, we custom-tailor the newest chemotherapy and treatment protocols for each patient. This helps maximize patient response and cure rates while minimizing side effects. Our services include:

Chemotherapy –Chemotherapy involves the use of anti-cancer drugs to destroy or diminish cancer cells. Unlike radiation therapy or surgery, which are considered localized treatments, chemotherapy is a systemic treatment since the drugs travel throughout the entire body.

During chemotherapy, single drugs or a combination of drugs are used to kill cancer cells. These drugs are usually administered through a vein and the chemotherapy treatment can last from a few minutes to several hours. Chemotherapy can be used prior to surgery to shrink a tumor (neoadjuvant chemotherapy) or after surgery (adjuvant therapy) to attack cancer cells that remain in the body. The type and stage of your cancer, as well as your overall state of health, will determine what type of chemotherapy is recommended.

Chemotherapeutic drugs can damage healthy cells along with cancerous cells, which can cause side effects, including hair loss, fatigue, nausea and other symptoms in some people undergoing treatment. Side effects generally resolve when the treatment ends. Some of the side effects formerly associated with chemotherapy can now be prevented or controlled, allowing many people to work, travel, and participate in many of their normal activities while receiving chemotherapy.

Our specialized staff and chemotherapy nurses coordinate chemo infusions in an open, relaxing environment where they closely monitor side effects and patient progress. We tailor treatments to each individual patient to maximize efficacy, patient response and cure rates while minimizing side effects.

Hormonal Therapy – Hormone therapy is another form of systemic therapy. It is most often used in an adjuvant setting, after radiation or surgery, to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. It is commonly used in the treatment of breast and prostate cancers.

Immunotherapy – Also called biological therapy or biotherapy, immunotherapy stimulates the body’s immune system to do its job more effectively. Immunotherapy gives the immune system specific components, such as man-made proteins, to help it function more effectively. Immunotherapy is sometimes used by itself to treat cancer, but it is most often used along with other treatments to boost its effects.

Targeted Therapy – Target Therapies are designed to treat only cancer cells and to minimize damage to normal, healthy cells. Conventional chemotherapy and radiation therapy cancer treatments do not distinguish between cancer cells and healthy cells. Because of this, healthy cells can be damaged in the process of treating the cancer, which can result in side effects. Targeted treatments may cause fewer treatment-related side effects.