MEDICAL ONCOLOGY

At Big Horn Basin Regional Cancer Center, our medical oncologists are committed to working with you to determine which therapy – or combination of therapies – will work best to meet your specific needs. Your medical oncologist will create an individualized treatment plan focused on eliminating cancer cells through the use of chemotherapy or other drugs or therapies.

Our experienced staff individualizes your treatment plan to ensure that you are receiving the highest quality care during your treatments, utilizing the most current cancer treatment methods.

Three of the most common treatment methods include:

Chemotherapy
Many people are familiar with the term chemotherapy, which most often refers to the administration of a combination of drugs that destroy cancer cells. For some patients, chemotherapy may cure the cancer; for others, it may simply keep the cancer from spreading further. It can be used in combination with other treatments, such as radiation.

Hormone Therapy
Hormones are powerful, naturally occurring chemicals that are important for the function of our physiological processes – such as metabolism. In some people, however, they actually spur cancer growth. If hormones are found to be the cause of tumor growth, your oncologist may administer a drug to slow the hormone and thereby prohibit further growth.

Targeted Cancer Therapy
Using drugs or other substances, targeted cancer therapy does what its name suggests: focus specifically on the molecules that cause or increase cancer growth in cells. By targeting these molecules, the division of cells can no longer continue. In addition, some targeted therapies encourage the patient’s own immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells.