Medical Oncology Treatments
Cochise Oncology offers a range of medical oncology treatments:
Chemotherapy involves the use of chemical agents to combat the growth and spread of cancer. There are more than 100 drugs that fall into this category, many of which specialize in destroying specific types of tumors. Primarily, oncologists use chemotherapy as a way to suppress cancer cell regeneration and stop tumors from growing. It is also highly effective at stopping the spread of cancer and reducing the size of tumors.
Immunotherapy is a branch of cancer treatment that involves stimulating the body’s immune system to fight against the cancer. Many times, it encourages the growth of more immune cells or adds substances to the body that mimic the natural immune system, clearing cancer cells away. Immunotherapy is a powerful treatment because it activates the body’s own defences to fight disease.
Infusion therapy involves delivering cancer-fighting agents into the skin via injections and epidurals. For instance, Cochise Oncology offers patients injectable hormone therapy which prevents hormones from helping cancer cells grow and divide.
Lastly, hematologists help patients by treating cancers of the blood. They do things such as taking blood counts to monitor your blood characteristics. They may also recommend a bone marrow transplant to assist healthy production of red and white blood cells.
Benefits of Medical Oncology
The major benefit of medical oncology is the ability to reduce cancer growth rates and prevent tumors from spreading to other parts of the body. Treatments in this category are often non-invasive or minimally-invasive.