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IN THE FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE, YOUR TEAM MATTERS
The physician’s at the Cancer Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital understand that many factors must be considered when considering the best course of treatment. These factors include the type of cancer that you have been diagnosed with, the staging of the cancer, your overall health condition, as well as other factors. Once these factors have been discussed a cancer treatment program will be determined. There are three general methods utilized when treating cancer: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. A typical treatment plan may include a combination of these three methods.
Receiving a diagnosis of any type of cancer can be an overwhelming experience. Choosing the right hospital for care can be just as overwhelming. The Saint Agnes Cancer Institute has met rigorous standards to become nationally accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer with outstanding achievement, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Society for Clinical Oncology Practice Initiative. In a single phone call, you are quickly scheduled for one appointment with our full team of specialists, committed to providing you with an individualized and coordinated plan of care – from diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship.
You will receive our area’s fastest diagnosis and most innovative technologies to fight the disease. At Saint Agnes, we are proud to offer you:
Leading physicians in all areas of cancer care bringing you the latest treatment technologies.
The first hospital in the state of Maryland to bring you the cutting-edge radiation technology Tomotherapy as well as offering advanced Digital Mammography, Mammosite, and Stereotactic Radiosurgery.
National Cancer Institute designation, increasing access to the latest clinical trials, and cutting edge scientific advances
START WITH STAGING
Staging is the process of classifying tumors. It takes into account the size of the primary tumor, whether other tumors have developed, the rate of growth, presence in lymph nodes surrounding the tumor, the cancer cell type, and whether or not the tumor metastasized or spread throughout the body. The stage at which your tumor is discovered will greatly affect the course of your treatment plan and can be used to determine a general prognosis.
Staging is an evolving science much like the rest of cancer care. Stages are categorized as follows:
Stage 0 - The cancer cells have yet to infiltrate the cells of surrounding, healthy tissue cells (Carcinoma in situ).
Stage 1 - The cancer is localized to a single part of the body.
Stage 2 - The cancer is in one section of the body but is advancing.
Stage 3 - Similar to stage 2. The difference between these stages is often reliant on the type of cancer.
Stage 4 - The cancer has metastasized and spread to other portions in the body.
For more information on staging visit the National Cancer Institute’s site on staging at cancer.gov.
At Saint Agnes, the tumor can be detected early, it can be removed minimally invasively soon after, and the patient is well cared for and on the road to recovery much sooner. Traditionally, patients could wait up to four weeks for a diagnosis. At Saint Agnes, that time is shortened as all of the care is provided through a multidisciplinary approach and with the latest technology.
Pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, and other experts consult on all cases during the weekly team meetings to ensure the cancer treatment plan includes input from all disciplines. Patients receive results in a matter of days, not weeks.
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
To find a Physician please click here
or call 1-866-690-9355.
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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