Complete oncology therapies and coordination of treatment

The experienced, highly trained cancer specialists at HOPE Cancer Center of East Texas provide the complete range of modern cancer care, including delivery and coordination of all aspects of your treatment. Combining comprehensive therapies from the leading edge of cancer with a wide range of ancillary services and a vast network of resources, your HOPE cancer specialist works with you to develop a care plan tailored to your needs… and to your exact type and stage of cancer.

Types of cancer treatment at HOPE Cancer Center

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is a treatment that fights cancer using the body’s immune system, in either a passive or active way. For decades, doctors have used a variety of therapies to enhance the immune system, but most treatments were non-specific until just a few years ago. Today, thanks to research, more specific immunotherapy treatments for cancer exist, and they are more commonly used, especially because of the development of monoclonal antibodies that have unique anti-tumor specificity.

Chemotherapy

The most common treatment for cancer, chemotherapy is medication therapy, or “chemical therapy.” It works by damaging cancer cells slowly over time, with interruptions in treatment so that normal cells can have time to recover. With their faulty DNA, cancer cells do not recover (replicate) normally and eventually die off. Chemotherapy can involve injection, infusion or even oral delivery (pills). Side effects — which can include low red-blood-cell counts, low white-blood-cell numbers, low platelet counts, hair loss, fatigue, nausea and vomiting — can be minimized or better controlled with today’s new medications. Our oncologists work with you and your family to create a tailored treatment plan designed for your best possible results.

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy (“radiotherapy”) is the treatment of cancer using high-energy radiation. It works like chemotherapy, relying on the faulty DNA of cancer cells, which are slowly destroyed because of their inability to reproduce and recover as well as normal cells do. Radiation is also used in some cancer patients to debulk tumors, relieve pain or to shrink tumors prior to surgery. Radiation therapy’s side effects include decreased white blood cells, fatigue, loss of appetite and skin reactions to radiation exposure. While unpleasant, such side effects can usually be controlled or treated. Radiation is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy and surgery as part of a complete and personalized treatment plan. If radiotherapy is right for you, your HOPE oncologist will coordinate your care and collaborate with a radiation-oncology team to ensure you get the best possible care and treatment.

Surgery

Surgical removal of cancerous tissue, along with a margin of healthy tissue, is one of the most common and effective forms of cancer treatment, along with chemotherapy and radiation. Like those methods, surgery may be used alone for some patients or in combination with other forms of treatment. Surgery can also help prevent cancer, by removing precancerous tissues before they become cancerous. And surgery is also frequently used to diagnose and stage certain cancers and to relieve symptoms. Of course, there are always risks with surgery (or any cancer treatment), so HOPE Cancer Center of East Texas works with highly experienced, top-quality surgeons to minimize risks and ensure the best possible outcomes.

Hormone therapy

While not a “first-line” treatment, hormone therapy is often used with other cancer treatments. Specifically, it’s used to treat cancers that depend on hormones to grow and spread. Hormone therapy can involve taking medications or, in other instances, surgery to reduce the level of specific hormones, such as estrogen or testosterone, that are involved in cancer growth. It can be used to treat breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer. However, hormone therapy’s side effects can include infertility. Also, some cancers can develop resistance to hormone therapy. Our oncologists will explain all options to you and help you make the most informed decision regarding whether hormone therapy is right for your cancer.

For more information on the oncology therapies we offer and coordinate, or to schedule an appointment, call HOPE Cancer Center of East Texas at 903-617-5293. You can also schedule an appointment using our easy online form.