Cancer Treatments and Procedures
Our team of expert physicians works closely together to develop the most effective treatment plan for each patient. Our goal is to provide individualized cancer care that meets the unique needs of every patient who walks through our doors.
Cancer treatment programs generally include one or a combination of three types of treatment.
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses powerful medications to destroy cancer cells. The goals of chemotherapy can be to cure the cancer, control the growth of tumors, or alleviate symptoms. Chemotherapy may involve one or more drugs, depending on the type of cancer. Side effects will depend on the type of chemotherapy given and will vary from patient to patient. Other therapies may be delivered in conjunction with the chemotherapy to prevent or minimize the side effects of the chemotherapy drugs. While often administered intravenously, some chemotherapy can be given orally, in pill form. Your physician team will tailor the best treatment for your type of cancer.
Chemotherapy may be recommended as the only cancer treatment for some patients, but often it is used in conjunction with surgery, radiation therapy or biological therapy. Multi-modality care means multiple methods of treatment that can be administered simultaneously or sequentially. In addition to biologically targeted therapy, pain treatment and palliative care, chemotherapy is often administered in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Our highly skilled and caring oncology nurses administer chemotherapy in an infusion area designed to maximize our patients’ comfort and sense of well-being.
Sixty percent of cancer patients require radiation therapy at some point in the course of their disease. A patient’s first encounter with radiation therapy typically happens after an oncologist has prescribed radiation. The radiation oncologist and radiation physicist determine the specific dosage and location of radiation, which is then administered by the radiation therapist with the linear accelerator, a machine that delivers precise doses of therapeutic radiation to specific parts of the body. Every treatment is custom designed and delivered according to the needs of each patient. Treatment on the linear accelerator is monitored with closed-circuit cameras and intercom systems throughout the entire procedure.
Surgery remains the cornerstone for the treatment of many forms of cancer today, either on its own or supplemented with radiation and systemic therapies. At Maimonides, we offer a full range of the latest surgical techniques and procedures to treat patients with cancer.
Advanced technologies and techniques now allow surgeons to perform more precise (or less extensive), less invasive procedures with improved surgical outcomes. Our surgeons are pioneers in the application of minimally invasive surgical techniques that minimize the trauma of more traditional surgery. Whenever possible, they use laparoscopic and robotic surgery techniques to decrease pain and scarring, speed recovery, and help patients avoid longer hospitalizations. These approaches also expand our ability to treat patients who might not be candidates for larger surgical procedures.
Our board certified surgeons have extensive experience and high success rates in today’s most innovative procedures—from sentinal node biopsy, which involves the removal of fewer lymph nodes than standard lymph node surgery, to Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS), a technique that involves small incisions and the insertion of a tiny video camera inside the chest via a tiny scope.
In addition, we were the first hospital in Brooklyn to utilize the cutting-edge daVinci surgical robot, which features a miniature camera that magnifies the organs and two tiny “arms” that are precisely controlled by the surgeons.