All Hands on Deck: Multidisciplinary Cancer Treatment

There are over 200 different forms of cancer that can develop in over 60 organs throughout the human body. Nearly all of the different types of cells in the body can become over productive and generate excess cells, resulting in a cancer diagnosis. Once the diagnosis has been made, cancer treatment begins.

At Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point we believe that cancer treatment should be multi-faceted. While our patients are primarily cared for by oncologists (doctors who specialize in cancer) medical experts with differing backgrounds play supportive roles to ensure that patients receive total medical care.

Treatment Options from Our Oncology Department

There are multiple cancer treatments available. Depending upon the type of cancer and the severity of its development, one treatment may be used or several may be used in combination to fight the disease.

  • Radiation Therapy- This treatment uses concentrated energy waves to attack cancer. The energy waves destroy some types of cancer and limit the growth of others. Radiation therapy can be external, which means it is administered by a machine that “shoots” the energy at a focused area of the body (the focused area of the body is the cancerous tumor). In some cases it is internal, in which case a radioactive device is implanted within the body near the cancer.
  • Chemotherapy- This treatment uses various types of drugs to treat cancer. In some cases the drugs can eliminate cancer and in others they can limit the growth of tumors. Chemotherapy is often used in combination with other treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy and hyperthermia because it can limit the size of a tumor before other treatments are used to remove or destroy it.
  • Hyperthermia- This treatment uses heat to destroy or impact a tumor. High levels of heat are directed at the tumor from either outside or inside the body depending upon where the tumor is located. Hyperthermia is used in combination with other treatments like: radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. If the heat does not destroy the tumor it weakens it to the point that another treatment option will-hopefully-be able to finish the job.
  • Surgery- For some patients, the tumors can be found and removed. The goal is to remove as the tumor completely so that there will not be a reoccurrence.

Treatment Options from Support Departments

  • Nutrition- Nutritionists can be very helpful to cancer patients. They can recommend diets that will help patient’s bodies fight the disease. They can also recommend diets and individual food sources that should be consumed to help patients best deal with the side effects of certain types of treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.
  • Pain Management- Cancer itself and some of the treatments cause patients to experience pain. Pain management may be dictated by your oncologist or it may come from a support physician. They can prescribe medications and even physical exercises that will help reduce suffering. There is a stigma out there that many patients will become addicted to pain medications, but if you follow the advice and schedule provided by a licensed physician you will not need to worry about this.
  • Diagnostic Imaging- Diagnostic imaging specialists use high-tech equipment to evaluate a patient’s condition. They may use traditional X-Rays, CAT scans, PET Scans or other tools to evaluate a patient. Not only are they integrally involved in the original diagnosis, they oversee the evaluation of patients throughout treatment to gauge the status of a patient’s condition.
  • Mental Support- Cancer can be a daunting and exhausting disease. Having emotional support and being in a positive state of mind aids in overcoming cancer. We want to ensure that you have access to the programs and other support elements that exist outside of the oncology department and even the hospital itself. While we offer services within our facility to help you cope and focus on fighting cancer there are many cancer support options throughout Hudson, New Port Richey, Spring Hill and all of our surrounding communities. We treat cancer with
    • Cancer Support Groups
    • Cancer Education
    • Religious Support
    • Social Service Programs

If you have any questions about all-hands-on-deck cancer treatment visit us call our Consult-A-Nurse® hotline at (727) 869-5498. We can answer your questions and help you find a specialist in Hudson.

Sources:
American Cancer Society
Cancer Pain.org
Medicinenet.com
Cure Search.org
Cancer Help UK

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