THE ROLE OF MEDICAL ONCOLOGY
While radiation oncologists focus on destroying cancerous cells in specific target areas of the body, using radiation therapy, medical oncologists work at treating the cancer using medicines, mostly through chemotherapy.
A medical oncologist is usually the doctor who manages a cancer patient's course of treatment. Saint Agnes medical oncologists work side-by-side with a multidisciplinary team of radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, and pathologists to treat patients diagnosed with cancer and help them maintain the best quality of life possible through their treatment process.
Medical oncologists start working the moment a patient discovers they have cancer. They meet with a radiation oncologist, a surgeon, and others to plot the best plan to fight the cancer, and talk with the patient about the different chemotherapy options available and how effective those methods are. They serve as a lifeline for the patient by providing critical information and guidance so the patient can make an informed decision.
CUTTING-EDGE TREATMENT OPTIONS TO BATTLE THE DISEASE
The Cancer Institute at Saint Agnes offers a full range of medical oncology services, and has all the resources needed to create a customized treatment plan for each patient’s condition and lifestyle. Our mission is to treat cancer with the most advanced technology available so patients can continue living and pursuing their goals. Our medical oncology physicians are not only experts at diagnosing malignancies but in developing unique treatment plans for each patient.
We battle cancer with the following services:
- Brand new, expanded cancer care facility
- Comprehensive chemotherapy program
- Dedicated inpatient oncology unit
- Oncology clinical research center
- Experienced oncology Nurse Navigators
- American Cancer Society Patient Navigator
- Multidisciplinary cancer conferences
- New Infusion Center with private, semi-private, and group chemotherapy treatments
- Access to over 40 open clinical trials providing cutting edge therapies
- Oncology clinical research center
- Center for Blood Disorders featuring some of the leading physicians and services in Maryland, including Dr. Carole Miller, head of the Cancer Institute, and formerly named Women of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The body is made up of trillions of normal healthy cells. Cancer starts when something causes changes in a normal cell. This cancer cell then grows out of control and makes more cancer cells. Each type of cancer affects the body differently, and if left untreated, it can spread and affect the rest of your body.
Your Saint Agnes medical oncologist may recommend chemotherapy in combination with other treatment methods, including radiation or surgery. Chemotherapy may be used to:
Keep the cancer from spreading
Slow the cancer’s growth
Kill cancer cells that may have spread to other parts of the body
Relieve symptoms such as pain or blockages caused by cancer
During chemotherapy, cancer-attacking chemical agents are delivered into your body, usually through a pill or intravenously through an IV attached to your vein. At Saint Agnes Hospital, intravenous chemotherapy is administered at the Infusion Center, part of our renowned Cancer Institute. Our caring team is here for you throughout your treatment, monitoring your progress and working to make you as comfortable as possible.
A single chemotherapy drug can be used to treat cancer, but often multiple drugs are used in a certain order. This approach can reduce the chance that the cancer may become resistant to any one chemo drug.
Chemotherapy drugs work by attacking rapidly growing cells in your body. This includes cancer cells, but also hair and blood cells. Hair loss and low blood count are typical side effects of chemotherapy. Other side effects may include nausea and fatigue.
At Saint Agnes Hospital, our medical oncologists are highly trained and highly skilled in all aspects of administering chemotherapy. We’ll be there every step of the way to answer your questions, explain procedures and potential side effects, and set you on the road to recovery. You’ll benefit from some of the most advanced and most experienced treatment in Maryland.
For more information on treatment options or any information regarding Cancer Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital, please contact us at
For more information please visit the following:
• The American Cancer Society
• The National Cancer Institute
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We’re the only cancer center in Baltimore to have received three-year accreditation from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) and Outstanding Achievement from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
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