Cancer expertise, comprehensive treatment
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, Sparks Health System offers expert care. We provide a range of cancer treatment options that are tailored to meet each patient’s individual needs. Doctors plan treatment by consulting with surgeons and chemotherapy and radiation specialists to develop the most effective approach. In most cases, several treatment options are combined to provide the most comprehensive treatment. Sparks Health System provides all levels of care, including inpatient, outpatient, hospice and home care services.
Part of Sparks Health System’s full-spectrum care includes special support services to address the unique needs of cancer patients and their families. Our multidisciplinary cancer care team includes primary care doctors, oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, nurses, pain management specialists, dieticians and other professionals who work together to provide individualized care. Treatment options include:
Also known as medical oncology or hematology, chemotherapy uses chemicals to destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells. Surgeons often use chemotherapy in conjunction with surgery to destroy surrounding tissue after a tumor is removed.
Hormones can kill cancer cells, or slow or stop their growth. Doctors can prescribe medications that affect the activity or production of hormones, or may surgically remove a gland that produces hormones.
Sparks Health System offers state-of-the-art equipment and techniques that allow radiation oncologists to precisely target radiation to destroy cancer cells and minimize damage to healthy, surrounding tissue. Doctors utilize a range of sophisticated techniques to fit the needs of each patient, including:
- Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) – Utilizes computer technology to create a 3-D image of the tumor so radiation beams can be focused precisely on the treatment area.
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) – IMRT further refines 3D-CRT capability by allowing the radiologist to customize the dose of radiation to the size and shape of the tumor, and restrict exposure to healthy tissue. This method is used to treat tumors that are close to vital organs or structures, such as the spinal cord, brain or liver.
- Brachytherapy – Small catheters (thin, flexible tubes) are used to administer high doses of radioactive sources directly into cancerous tissue. Brachytherapy can deliver a higher total dose of radiation over a shorter period of time than external-beam techniques. This method is often used to treat prostate, breast, cervical and lung cancer.
- Radiosurgery – Also known as stereotactic radiosurgery, this non-invasive technique uses focused beams of radiation to treat cancerous tissues without a surgical opening. It is called “surgery” because offers a similar result as actual surgery.
Sparks Health System's cancer care teams carefully evaluate each patient’s needs to determine whether surgery offers the best chance for success. When surgery presents the best option, doctors utilize minimally invasive techniques whenever possible — including robotic surgery, which gives surgeons greater precision and can offer patients less scarring and a faster recovery.