With access to all the latest technologies, WellSpring Oncology has the ability to create specific treatment protocols for each patient, maximizing the likelihood of tumor control while minimizing the chance of side effects or complications.
Our staff is available to answer any of your questions. If you’d like to read more about cancer types and cancer treatment, the following information will get you started.
Brain tumors have increased in incidence over recent years. These tumors include those that develop in the brain, known asprimary brain tumors.
These include benign tumors (meningiomas, pituitary tumors, acoustic neuroma) and malignant brain tumors (gliomas, e.g., astrocyoma or glioblastoma). More common are cancers that develop elsewhere in the body and then spread to the brain. These are called brain metastases and most commonly arise in patients with cancer of the lung, breast or melanoma.
Newer radiation technologies (e.g., CyberKnife) have increased the role of radiation in treating these patients.
For patients needing whole brain irradiation, the memory sparing techniques available with TomoTherapy may reduce side effects. For those with localized tumors, the options of radiosurgery with either Gamma Knife or Cyberknife improve the chances for controlling the tumor with the fewest possible side effects.
Contact the brain cancer experts at WellSpring if you have questions about cancer risk, cancer prevention or cancer screening.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and is expected to affect 13 percent of the female population or one in every eight women.
WellSpring brings hope and excitement to women with breast cancer – treatment options vary to fight this complex mix of cells in each individual cancer but one treatment can be done in five days at WellSpring.
Using more sophisticated IMRT techniques, it is possible to treat the whole breast with increasing safety, and by using accelerated partial breast irradiation (e.g., Mammosite), it may be possible to complete the radiation in five days rather than six weeks.
The most common type of lung cancer is callednon-small cell (NSCL) and a smaller number are called small cell. If the cancer is diagnosed in an early stage, surgery is usually the best treatment.
For more advanced cases radiation and chemotherapy are generally used. Newer forms of radiation (e.g., CyberKnife) may be as effective as surgery and may be the treatment of choice in early stages cases if the patient is not a suitable candidate for surgery.
For patients with limited cancer, radiosurgery with Cyberknife may result in cure rates similar to surgery. For patients with more advanced cancer, more sophisticated targeting using image guided IMRT (e.g., Tomotherapy) allows for the delivery of high doses of radiation with lower risks of complications. Endobronchial HDR may be an option for some lung cancer situations.
Receive the best care for lung cancer treatment at WellSpring including radiosurgery using the latest in technology with CyberKnife.
Contact the lung cancer experts at WellSpring if you have questions about cancer risk, cancer prevention or cancer screening.
The organ or structure in which a cancer arises is called the primary site. If cancer cells get into the bloodstream they can spread to other organs. This is called metastases or commonly stage IV disease. If the cancer has spread to multiple sites, the best treatment would generally be chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. For specific spread sites, particularly bone or brain metastases, radiation may be the optimal treatment.
for the most common types of metastases go here:
Contact the metastatic cancer experts at WellSpring if you have questions about cancer risk, cancer prevention or cancer screening.
Sometimes a few large doses of radiation provides useful palliation (go here).
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and it’s estimated that 17% or one in six men will get this disease. Always start with the NCCN guidelines for patients or for physicians.
For a discussion of the treatment options go here.
It’s important to understand the type and frequency of side effects in order to make decisions about treatment, particularly if there a several effective treatment options to chose with similar cure rates.
For more detailed information and links about prostate cancer go here.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer seen in the United States. While there are various types of skin cancer, the most common are basal cell or squamous cell cancer.
Many patients can avoid surgery with electron beam irradiation treatment and admire high cure rates and excellent cosmetic results. Newer HDR techniques provide convenience with completing radiation treatment in a few days rather than weeks.
WellSpring has a variety of treatments, including new techniques (e.g., HDR) for skin cancer. Your Doctor will discuss your specific situation and help you understand the various types of treatments and their side effects.
Contact the skin cancer experts at WellSpring if you have questions about cancer risk, cancer prevention or cancer screening.
A large number of cancers occur in the mouth or throat area. Most of these cancers arise from the lining of the mouth or throat and are squamous cancers.
For some sites or locations (e.g., thyroid, lip, oral tongue) surgery may be the preferred treatment, while others areas (base of tongue, nasopharynx, hypopharynx) are best treated with radiation plus chemotherapy.
All procedures in this area of the body require close cooperation between the surgeon, radiotherapist and medical oncologist. WellSpring’s experienced staff will coordinate this treatment and answer any of your questions.
Cancer of the vocal cords, voice box (larynx), or other areas of the throat can be treated at WellSpring. Using the Varian machine with both IMRT and IGRT techniques and thenTomotherapy (ART), it has become possible to improve throat cancer cure rates and lower side effects more than ever before at WellSpring Oncology.
Contact the throat cancer experts at WellSpring if you have questions about cancer risk, cancer prevention or cancer screening.