Treating Cancers

There are three primary methods for treating cancer. Some individuals only need one, while others may need all three modalities to fight their cancer. At Columbia St. Mary’s we offer the most advanced technologies in treating cancer in all three arenas and work together as a team to ensure that our patients treatment plan incorporates everything that is needed for the best possible outcomes. See our specialized programs.

Medical Oncology: chemotherapy, biotherapy or immunotherapy and other supportive services used to treat cancer.

All of these treatments kill cancer cells and/or alter their ability to grow and form new cells. While the type, frequency and duration of one’s medical oncology treatments differ based on a patient’s individual needs all treatment is overseen by an expert medical oncologist and a team of oncology certified nurses.

An example of radiation therapy.Radiation Oncology: high energy, penetrating waves or particles such as X-rays or gamma rays used to destroy cancer cells or keep them from reproducing.

This treatment requires a Radiation Oncologist, Radiation Therapist, Dosimetrist and Medical Physicist to work together to create and deliver a treatment plan customize to the size, location, and specificity of your cancer. We offer the full spectrum of radiation therapy services and the most advanced technology including: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), the Trilogy™ Stereotactic System, conventional external beam radiation treatments, radioactive implants (brachytherapy), Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and more.

Surgical Oncology: biopsy, staging, surgical resection and removal of tumors used to treat cancer.

Our team of board certified dedicated surgeons are key members of the multidisciplinary team, working with the patients to decide the best method for removing cancer. They specialize in oncologic surgery and are skilled in minimally invasive techniques (robotic surgery), palliative surgery, and neo-adjuvant treatments as well as traditional methods.

While our commitment to advanced technology sets us apart, you’ll find the real difference resides in the people who work with you. We are here to help you in your battle against cancer by providing a compassionate team of integrative oncology specialists.


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