Cancer care and treatment is evolving and Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers (NGOC) does not take a “one treatment plan fits all” approach. There’s a definite shift in how we’re triumphing over cancer. Today, there are several hundred targeted drugs at various stages of research. Some of these drugs will prove to be successful cancer treatments and we’re proud to be a part of the ongoing research through our national affiliates and community-based clinical trial program.
After a cancer diagnosis, the NGOC cancer doctors take the lead to determine the course of treatment best suited for you and the type of cancer you’re fighting. We want to provide the most advanced treatments available to fight cancer with the most potency and least side effects possible. The course of treatment may vary and include one or more modalities such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or participation in a cutting-edge clinical trial.
Types of cancer treatments available through NGOC include:
- Radiation Therapy
- Hormonal Therapy
- Targeted Therapy
- Clinical Trials
- Stem Cell Transplantation
- Complementary and Alternative
There are many discriminating factors to consider when coming up with an effective treatment plan to fight cancer. As to why treatment plans differ, it’s dependent on the type and severity of the cancer and how quickly we can stop the proliferation of the cancerous cells from spreading to other parts of the body. Of course, our patients’ wishes are factored in as well.
More than half of all cancer patients are treated with chemotherapy in our cancer centers’ infusion room. Chemotherapy is any treatment involving the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. It’s administered through a vein, injected into a body cavity or delivered orally in the form of a pill. Unlike regional modalities such as surgery and radiation therapy, chemotherapy gets cancer-fighting drugs circulating in the blood to parts of the body where the cancer may have spread in addition to killing cancers cells at the original cancer site. Some patients have good results from surgery or other therapies and don’t need to undergo chemotherapy to get the best results.
Our cancer care team collaboratively works with you and your family to determine the best treatment course with several factors and patient goals in mind. Factors include your overall condition, the specific characteristics of the cancer you’re fighting and if the cancer has spread (metastasized). Our cancer doctors encourage a treatment plan to achieve the best possible outcome for you.