Medical Oncology with Chemotherapy
Shaw Regional Cancer Center's medical oncologists specialize in treating cancer using systemic therapy such as chemotherapy or biologic therapy. Chemotherapy uses medication to destroy cancer cells. Often, it is the only treatment necessary; other times, cancer treatment plans may include chemotherapy plus surgery and/or radiation.
Chemotherapy drugs are administered either by mouth or through injection. Because the drugs are introduced into the blood stream, cancer drug therapy is considered a body-wide (or systemic) treatment option. Chemotherapy drug treatments are often accompanied by side effects like hair loss, nausea and fatigue. The side effects vary based on the type of drugs being used, and from individual to individual. Newer drugs are targeting the cancerous cells more efficiently, and may come with fewer side effects.
Biotherapy is used with or without the addition of chemotherapy to boost or restore the ability of the immune system to fight cancer, infections and other diseases. Biotherapy is also used to lessen side effects that may be caused by some cancer treatment regimens. Biotherapy agents include monoclonal antibodies and vaccines.
Shaw Regional Cancer Center's medical oncology service offers daily care for patients requiring infusion. Dr. Alexander Urquhart leads Shaw's medical oncology team and also coordinates with a team from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center to provide the most effective and efficient treatments possible.
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