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Procedures and Services

Upper Valley Medical Center offers the following procedures and services in the Cancer Care Center:

Diagnostic Services

Surgery is first tool physicians use to diagnose and treat cancer. Surgery is used to obtain a biopsy, to determine the stage of a cancer, and to cure cancer. Sometimes, surgery will not cure cancer. In these cases, radiation and chemotherapy can be used to treat the cancer. The division of surgery also offers infusion services.

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In the medical treatment of cancer, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and immunotherapy are used. Chemotherapy is a systemic treatment, since it attacks cells wherever they are in the body. Cancer cells divide more rapidly than most normal cells, and chemotherapy works by destroying cancer cells during a dividing phase, when they are more vulnerable. Hormonal therapy alters the growth of cancer by changing the rate of division. Immunotherapy enhances the body's natural ability to kill cancer cells.

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Medical Therapy

Medical therapy is the primary treatment in some cancers. It is also an important adjunct to surgery or radiation, or both, in many cancers.

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Radiation Therapy

HDR (High Dose Rate) brachytherapy is a specialized technology used in the treatment of certain lung, esophageal, prostate, and cervical/endometrial tumors. HDR can eliminate cancer cells by attacking them directly in the tissue or body cavities with short treatment periods and minimal-to-no side effects.

Like other radiation treatments, HDR uses radioactive sources to eliminate cancerous cells that cause malignant tumors. A precise dosage of radiation is automatically transported through applicators, or catheters, pre-positioned in or near the tumor.  From a nearby room, hospital staff monitors your treatment and maintains contact with you throughout the procedure. Your treatment can be interrupted at any time to allow your doctor or nurse to enter the treatment room.

HDR provides greater patient comfort, both during and following the procedure, and decreased side effects. HDR involves short procedure time with specific treatments lasting only 10 to 15 minutes. Most patients rest one to three hours before returning to home or work.

HDR Mammosite is the ability to treat the breast from the inside out. This is a major advantage to patients in terms of convenience and decreased radiation exposure to healthy breast tissue. With this type of treatment the patient requires approximately five days of treatment compared to the usual five to six weeks of treatment.

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We administer chemotherapy for all cancer types. The Cancer Care Program also administers biologics for Crohn’s disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis, and IVIG for multiple immunological and neurological conditions.

In addition, we offer iron infusions, PICC lines, therapeutic phlebotomies, and injections for numerous conditions such as anemia, neutropenia, and hormone injections.

The UVMC Cancer Care Program also offers special lab tests, teaching for Lovenox injections, tube feedings, and dressing changes.

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Clinical Trials

UVMC Cancer Care Center partners with the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program (DCOP). Clinical trials investigate cancer prevention, and evaluate agents and drugs for the prevention of cancer.

One type of study is a “chemo-prevention trial.” This type of study is conducted by recruiting healthy, cancer-free individuals who are at risk for developing cancer. Chemo-prevention trials use medications, vitamins, and other substances which have been tested for preventing the development of a specific type of cancer.

The Dayton Clinical Oncology ProgramOff Site Icon develops and investigates new drugs, and new combinations of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments for cancer. UVMC is an active partner in these new treatment protocols.

UVMC surgeons, oncologists, and radiation oncologists are active participants in DCOP trials both in patient recruitment and treatment.

Our affiliation with DCOP provides cancer patients access to clinical trial protocols. As a result of this affiliation, our patients can receive the latest in cancer treatments and participate in clinical trials from several research bases such as NSABP Foundation, Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Through participation in clinical trials, cancer patients benefit from, as well as contribute to, how this disease is treated.

The Upper Valley Clinical Trials Coordinator is responsible for enrolling patients in clinical trials. The coordinator is located in the Cancer Care Center of Upper Valley Medical Center and can be reached at (937) 440-4822.

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Patient Navigator

We provide patients with a patient navigator for access to financial and transportation information and assist patients with prescription programs.

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Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing

Up to 10% of all cancers may be hereditary.  As part of the comprehensive quality care that is offered at UVMC, physicians are now able to refer patients who appear to be at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes to the Cancer Care Center for an in-depth hereditary cancer risk assessment and genetic testing.  Common cancers that can be tested for include breast, ovarian, colon and uterine cancers as well as melanoma.  For more information, contact Sarah Jones at (937) 440-4827.

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