Medical Oncology is a branch of medicine which is provided by a Medical Oncologist and her Nurses. This team plays an important role in the care of cancer patients by staging, planning overall care and providing systemic treatment for cancer as well as education to the patients and their families about various forms of cancer and the temporary side effects of cancer treatment. A Medical Oncologist’s office is often an ideal place to seek initial medical consultations and subsequent care for cancer. Chemotherapy is the systemic treatment for cancer. This includes conventional cytotoxic drugs as well as targeted therapy, hormonal therapy and immunotherapy. The side effects can vary depending on the chemotherapy regimen received. Throughout treatment, cancer survivors are closely monitored by the healthcare team. We have an excellent nursing team that is a great resource for cancer care information. In addition, we provide expertise and support to those in need of hospice care and pain management.
Surgery comprises an important part of cancer management strategy in addition to chemotherapy and radiotherapy for most common cancers.
Radiation treatments may comprise one part of an integrated cancer management strategy involving surgery and chemotherapy. This treatment is delivered in a number of different ways including x-ray or electron beams.
The genetic counselor, identifies and interprets risks for these genetic disorders, explains inheritance patterns, prognosis and testing information, and provides supportive counseling. Genetic counseling referral is made for individuals at greater risk of genetic disorders than the general population.
Clinical Research Trials
Throughout the last century the medical community has witnessed dramatic changes in the methods of diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Cancer research is no longer conducted exclusively at large university cancer centers or major metropolitan hospitals. STCC has embraced clinical research as a critical component of community-based oncology care. We are now able to provide cancer patients with innovative treatment options and therapies.