A patient’s cancer treatment plan, a detailed outline of the steps for cancer treatment, may involve several different types of treatment. Very rarely will two patients have the same plan because each cancer patient is unique. At the Cancer Center, we use advanced technology to determine what will work best for each individual and perform multiple quality assurance tests before a first treatment is ever given.
At McKay-Dee Hospital, we provide the latest technology to ensure the best cancer treatment available. Our board-certified Medical Dosimetrists (a person who plans and calculates the proper radiation dose for treatment) may create several treatment plans for the oncologists to review before deciding on one that best fits the patient. The extent and length of treatment varies from patient to patient. We plan according to the individual patient’s needs and health. An individual’s cancer treatment could involve only one type of treatment (ie. Brachytherapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or surgery) or it could involve any combination.
If a cancer treatment plan involves multiple types, our healthcare specialists coordinate with each other to ensure the patient receives proper dosage, treatment time windows and support services. Recovery is our top priority and each cancer treatment plan is created with that in mind.
Our specialists are available to both execute the best cancer treatment possible and to make sure each patient understands his or her plan.
If you have questions about cancer treatment at McKay-Dee Hospital, please call (801) 387-7484.
- What to Expect
Cancer is discovered in a variety of ways. Sometimes a person will find an abnormal lump or skin abnormality and seeks advice from a primary care physician or dermatologist.What then?
- Cancer Surgery
Depending on the size, stage, type and location of cancer, an individual may need surgery, which is usually done before starting chemotherapy or radiation.
- Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy uses high doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells (tumors) and is used to treat many different types of cancers, such as bladder cancer, endometrial cancer, and prostate cancer.
Chemotherapy is the use of medication to destroy cancer cells. Sometimes these medications are called “anticancer” drugs. Chemotherapy may also be used to treat immune system diseases.
- Clinical Trials
McKay-Dee Hospital Cancer Center participates in select cancer clinical trials because they are vital in discovering new treatment options and making technological advancements.