Treatment of cancer is complex and requires the collaboration of many services working together. The services that are required include, but are not limited to:
- Special medications given orally, through the vein or other routes and are very toxic to cancer cells.
- Chemotherapy causes toxicity to some healthy cells, but this should be tolerable.
- Chemotherapy at KHCC is administered according to selected protocols. These protocols combine the most effective agents and are administered according to the most effective sequence with least side effects.
- Surgical oncology is a specialized field of surgery.
- Surgeries performed by doctors experienced in dealing with cancer have much better outcomes.
- For that reason, we always advise patients to have the first surgery, including biopsies, at KHCC.
- Complete removal of a tumor, with minimal damage to nearby organs the first time around, is always our goal.
- Sometimes, it is better to give some form of treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation prior to surgery. Still, complete and successful surgery is a very critical step in treatment although some cancers, such as lymphoma usually do not require surgery.
- Radiotherapy is really efficienct in shrinking and destroying tumors.
- For this reason, it's an important part of cancer treatment.
Bone Marrow Transplantation
- This is when the bone marrow of a cancer patient (especially in cases where the bone marrow is producing cancerous cells) is removed and replaced with the bone marrow of a donor.
- Rehabilitation helps to restore and improve the quality of life for cancer patients. Sometimes the disease can affect their speech or movement, or even normal everyday activities such as eating, breathing or swallowing.
- Rehabilitation is individualized for each patient according to their specific needs to help them cope and to help them with regaining their strength.
- Physical therapy is used for strengthening of muscles and regaining range of motion
- Occupational therapy is used for training in activities of daily living.
- Speech therapy may be needed for those patients who need training of their vocal cords and swallowing-related functions.