Cancer Treatments

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Expertise in Cancer Treatment & Care

In recent years, cancer treatment has rapidly advanced due to breakthroughs in precision medicine, immunotherapy, targeted therapies, and supportive care. These developments have led to more effective and personalized treatments with fewer side effects, significantly improving outcomes for cancer patients. It is important to choose the right therapies or combination of them to optimize treatment outcomes, minimize side effects, and improve overall survival rates.

At Cancer Care China, our patient care team consists of board-certified oncologists specializing in a variety of cancers such as breast, lung, prostate, colorectal, melanoma, throat, cervical, ovarian, lymphomas, leukemia, myeloma and more, offering comprehensive treatment options tailored to individual needs. From diagnosis to advanced therapies like surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy, we prioritize personalized, evidence-based care. Our multidisciplinary approach emphasizes communication, shared decision-making, and ongoing monitoring to optimize outcomes and support patients holistically throughout their cancer journey.

Cancer Treatment Options

Our cancer care experts employ a diverse array of both conventional and innovative methods, leveraging high-tech diagnostic tools, targeted radiation therapies, minimally invasive surgical techniques, and precision medicine to deliver effective treatments.

Our treatment generally fall into these categories:

Chemotherapy

One of the most common types of treatment for many cancer types is chemotherapy, which uses drugs to kill fast-growing cancer cells.

Chemotherapy is designed to serve multiple functions: It may help treat cancer, prevent it from returning, stop it from spreading, and/or delay its growth. It may also shrink large tumors, helping to relieve pain and other cancer-related symptoms.

As a treatment for cancer, chemotherapy may be administered alone or in combination with other options. Most often, other cancer treatments are utilized along with chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy drugs work by destroying cancer cells, but they may also harm healthy cells in the process. As a result, chemotherapy may come with side effects that need to be managed, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Mouth sores
  • Stomach problems
  • Hair loss

Interventional oncology

Interventional oncology is an approach to cancer treatment and care that focuses on precise and less invasive procedures than traditional treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

The goal of interventional oncology is to utilize imaging techniques and minimally invasive procedures to precisely deliver cancer treatments to tumors, while minimizing side effects and harm to healthy tissue. Examples include ablation, which applies extreme temperatures to kill cancer cells, and catheter-delivered therapies, which help administer drugs straight to a tumor.

Precision medicine

Precision medicine, or precision oncology, is an individualized approach to treating cancer. It uses personalized drugs and therapies based on genetic and tumor marker tests that analyze the patient’s genes or the behaviors in cancer cells. Every tumor has a distinct set of mutations and proteins. Precision medicine allows our doctors to analyze these tumor signatures like fingerprints and design a treatment plan accordingly.

The drugs and therapies used under the umbrella of precision medicine are called targeted therapies. These drugs “target” the specific proteins or mutations within cancer cells and block them from multiplying.

Immunotherapy is a type of precision medicine that triggers the body’s own immune system to attack cancer cells. Immunotherapy is often used in combination with other cancer treatment options, such as surgery or targeted therapy.

Hormone therapy is a type of treatment that may stop or slow the spread of cancers that rely on hormones to multiply.

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy employs high-dose energy rays to destroy cancer cells. As a treatment for cancer, radiation therapy may be used independently or along with other cancer treatment options. It may also help shrink the size of a tumor and reduce symptoms associated with advanced cancers.

Radiation therapy is delivered in three main ways: external beam radiation, internal radiation (brachytherapy) and systemic radiation.

  • External beam radiation sends radiation toward the tumor via a machine.
  • Internal radiation involves a radiation source being placed inside the patient’s body, either inside or near the cancer.
  • Systemic radiation therapy delivers radioactive drugs, either orally or through an injection.

Cancer surgery

Surgery helps treat cancer by physically removing it. Some types of surgery involve cutting into the patient’s body to reach the cancer. Depending on the location of the cancer and other factors, surgery may be open (with a larger incision) or minimally invasive (with tiny incisions). Other surgical methods use different approaches, such as cryosurgery, which destroys cancer cells with cold temperatures.

The goal of surgery in treating cancer varies from total to partial removal of a tumor. As opposed to systemic treatments like chemotherapy, which treat cancer throughout the body, surgery is only used on cancers located in a specific area. Surgery is often combined with other treatment options as well.

Gynecologic oncology

Gynecologic oncology refers to the treatment of cancers that occur in the female reproductive system, including the:

  • Cervix
  • Ovaries
  • Uterus
  • Vagina
  • Vulva

Gynecologic cancers are treated in various ways, including with options such as:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy

Hematology oncology

Hematology oncology refers to the treatment of cancers that start in the blood, such as:

  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Myeloma

Treatment options for these cancers include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Stem cell transplant

Clinical trials for cancer

Clinical trials evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new approaches to treating cancer, either with new drug development, new technologies or by using existing treatments in new ways.

City of Hope offers a wide range of clinical trials for patients seeking innovative cancer treatment options. For those interested in participating, especially those who’ve exhausted standard-of-care approaches, clinical trials potentially provide new cancer treatment options that may not otherwise be considered. Talk to the care team about which trials would be a good match, and what the qualification criteria may be.

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