Treatments & Procedures
Specialists at Los Alamitos Medical Center are ready to develop a personalized treatment plan for your stage and type of cancer and to help get you on the road to recovery.
Among the most common cancer treatments and procedures:
Blood product donation & transfusion
Some cancers cause internal bleeding; others affect the bone marrow, resulting in low blood counts. In these cases in which new healthy blood is needed, a nurse or physician inserts an IV line into one of the patient’s blood vessels and administers healthy blood or blood products of the patient’s same blood type.
Brachytherapy, for prostate cancer, uses an implant of radioactive seed placed into or near the tumor. This may shorten treatment to a single-day outpatient procedure, rather than several weeks of daily radiation. Similarly, Breast Brachytherapy efficiently targets and delivers higher radiation levels after breast cancer surgery, shortening radiation from weeks to five days.
In chemotherapy (chemo), physicians administer medicines or drugs that stop or slow the growth of cancerous cells. Depending on the case, these medicines can destroy cancer cells outright or make tumors smaller in preparation for surgery or radiation therapy.
Our sophisticated Trilogy sterotactic system offers a more tightly focused beam and can deliver doses more than 60 percent faster than conventional accelerators. Trilogy is optimized to deliver every type of external beam radiotherapy, including: Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT).
Immunotherapy is treatment that uses your body's own immune system to help fight cancer. Physicians stimulate a patient’s immune system in a variety of ways, training it to work harder or teaching it to attack cancer cells specifically. In other cases, a doctor may administer man-made immune system proteins to attack malignant cells.
Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) integrates imaging and radiation during the treatment, enabling the physician to pinpoint the cancer and its changes on a daily basis, in order to deliver higher radiation doses directly to the cancer, while minimizing exposure of healthy tissue.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) allows physicians to aim multiple radiation beamlets at the tumor from many angles and levels of intensity. This saves healthy tissue from unnecessary exposure, while aggressively attacking the tumor.
Lasers in cancer treatment
Surgeons are now able to use very powerful, precise beams of light called lasers instead of blades (scalpels) for delicate surgical work, including treating some cancers.
Cancer patients have access to radiology services. Board-certified radiologists offer expertise in interventional diagnostics and therapies, which include low-dose CT scans.
Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) is used to precisely deliver very high doses of radiation. It presents elderly patients, patients with severe lung disease, severe heart disease and other patients with poor health an alternative to lung cancer surgery.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is a very precise delivery of radiation to a brain tumor (or other location) while sparing the surrounding tissue. Because it is so precise, the procedure allows a higher dose of radiation than can be achieved with conventional radiotherapy techniques.
A surgeon uses specialized instruments to access areas inside the body to diagnose, treat or even help prevent cancer in some cases. Surgically removing cancerous cells is often the greatest chance for cure, especially if the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. Surgical oncologist and gynecological oncology surgeons have completed specific training in the surgical management of cancer.
Targeted therapy, also known as biotherapy, is a newer type of cancer treatment in which doctors administer drugs or other substances to more precisely identify and attack cancer cells, usually while doing little damage to normal cells. Targeted therapy is a growing part of many cancer treatment regimens.
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