Cancer Treatments & Procedures

Our physicians and specialists at MacNeal Hospital are dedicated to providing our patients with individualized treatment plans to get them on the road to recovery.


Some cancers cause internal bleeding; others affect the bone marrow, resulting in low blood counts. In these cases where new healthy blood is needed, a nurse or physician inserts an IV line into one of the patient’s blood vessels and administers healthy blood or blood products of the patient’s same blood type.


In chemotherapy (chemo), physicians administer medicines or drugs that stop or slow the growth of cancerous cells. Depending on the case, these medicines can destroy cancer cells outright or make tumors smaller in preparation for surgery or radiation therapy.


Immunotherapy is treatment that uses your body's own immune system to help fight cancer. Physicians aim to stimulate a patient’s immune system in a variety of ways, training it to work harder or teaching it to attack cancer cells specifically. In other cases, a doctor may administer man-made immune system proteins to attack malignant cells.


Surgeons are now able to use very powerful, precise beams of light called lasers instead of blades (scalpels) for delicate surgical work, including treating some cancers.


Cancer patients have access to radiology services across The Hospitals of Providence network. Our board-certified radiologists offer unmatched expertise in interventional diagnostics and therapies, which include low-dose CT scans.


A surgeon uses specialized instruments to access areas inside the body to diagnose, treat or even help prevent cancer in some cases. Surgically removing cancerous cells is often the greatest chance for cure, especially if the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. Surgical oncologists and gynecologic oncology surgeons have privileges to practice at the Hospitals of Providence. These surgeons have completed specific training in the surgical management of cancer.

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