Yuma Regional Cancer Center is committed to providing the latest and most effective cancer treatments available. Treatment options cover a broad range of therapies, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Physicians work closely with you and your support team to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses drugs which interfere with cancer cell growth and reproduction. It is used to kill cancer cells, control their growth or relieve pain symptoms. Chemotherapy can be used in combination with other treatments such as surgery or radiation, to eliminate all cancer cells.
Healthy cells in your body are also affected by chemotherapy drugs. This causes the side effects associated with treatments. Your care team will work with you to balance the beneficial effects of killing cancer cells with the damage to normal cells. Common side effects may include:
Temporary hair loss
Increased risk of infection
Increased sun sensitivity
Numbness or weakness in the hands and feet
Chemotherapy can be administered through a vein, injected into the body or delivered orally by mouth. The duration of a chemotherapy treatment session may range from a few minutes to a few hours. Most chemotherapy sessions at Yuma Regional Cancer Center are done on an outpatient basis.
Your cancer type and stage will determine your individual treatment plan. Chemotherapy is administered by nursing professionals under the direction of your medical oncologist. Our pharmacists and nurses are highly trained in the preparation and management of chemotherapy-related drugs.
At Yuma Regional Cancer Center, we strive to make our patients comfortable and safe while they are here for chemotherapy treatments. We encourage patients and family members to ask questions and participate in the treatment process.
Radiation therapy is one of several treatments used to effectively treat cancer. It can be used alone or in combination with other forms of treatment, such as chemotherapy. Radiation works by delivering a therapeutic dose of ionizing radiation to the tumor tissue. New techniques have allowed it to be delivered precisely, with minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.
External beam radiation can deliver intense treatments with pinpoint accuracy. This form of radiation therapy is non-invasive and painless. The radiation oncologist will determine the number and frequency of treatments based on your needs. The typical course of treatment is administered and delivered daily, over a two to eight week period.
Radiation therapy is most often used to cure cancer but can also be used for palliative care. Radiation therapy used palliatively is an effective way to reduce pain, pressure, bleeding or to control the growth of a tumor in a localized area.
Yuma Regional Cancer Center also uses RapidArc® radiotherapy technology to deliver a highly focused dose of radiation, directly to a tumor. In most cases, treatment takes less than two minutes. This approach delivers image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Three-dimensional image guidance improves tumor targeting, and IMRT shapes the radiation dose so that it conforms closely to the 3-D shape of the tumor. That means more dose directly to the tumor, and less to surrounding healthy tissues. The entire treatment is completed with a single rotation of the machine.
Yuma Regional Cancer Center offers CT scanning on site. A CT scan is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. By using specialized equipment and expertise to create the scans of the body, radiologists can more easily diagnose cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease and musculoskeletal disorders.
CT imaging combines special X-ray equipment with computer technology to produce multiple images of the inside of the body. These cross-sectional images of the area being studied can then be examined digitally or printed.
CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular X-ray exams.
Yuma Regional Cancer Center offers a laboratory drawing station on-site for patient's convenience. Frequent lab work to monitor side effects and also progress with patient's treatments may be required. Patient's lab work is done by skilled lab technicians and nurses to draw from vascular access devices (ports). Some lab tests are processed on site and some tests will be sent to specialty labs.
Frequently drawn labs include:
CBC (complete blood count)
Measures white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets that can be decreased due to chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Helps assess the function of the liver, kidneys and depletion of electrolytes that can be caused by side effects of certain treatments.
Special tests that help physicians monitor the progress of the disease and effectiveness of your treatments.