A cancer diagnosis can be one of the most difficult things for a person to hear, understand, and face. The good news is that Lakewood Health System has many resources and treatments right here in Staples for your convenience. We will guide you through the process, answer your questions with compassion and empathy, and are committed to helping you however we can.
A few common types of cancer treatment are surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. These treatments are aimed at removing the cancer cells or destroying them with medicines or by other means.
Surgery can be successful in treating some kinds of cancer, but it isn’t an option in all situations depending on the type of tumor, whether it has spread or is in one place, and its location.
Although this treatment is not performed at Lakewood, radiotherapy uses radiation to damage cancer cells so they cannot multiply. There is usually no pain involved, but damage to normal tissues may occur through radiation.
Chemotherapy uses medicines to attack the cancer cells. The side effects can be severe, but not everyone experiences them. Chemotherapy is often used when the cancer has spread to other areas in the body, and can be used in combination with surgery and radiation.