Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy & Hormonal Therapy
If your cancer treatment plan includes chemotherapy or other medical therapy, you can rest assured you can receive the best care available here on Cape Cod, close to home.
About Medical Oncology
Medical oncology attacks cancer with medicine, such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy, sometimes in conjunction with surgery and radiation, sometimes alone. Your oncologist will confirm the diagnosis, establish the stage of your cancer, and recommend and implement your individualized medical treatments. This might include infusions at one of our two cancer centers -- Davenport-Mugar Cancer Center in Hyannis or Clark Cancer Center in Falmouth -- or medications that are administered in your home.
The Medical Treatment Services We Offer
- Chemotherapy – Drugs that target and kill cancer cells.
- Biologic therapy – Also called immunotherapy, these drugs harness the body’s immune system to fight cancer or lessen the side effects of treatment.
- Hormonal therapy – Drugs that control the body’s hormone levels to affect tumor growth in hormone-sensitive cancers, such as breast or prostate cancer.
- Blood and platelet transfusions
- Management of chemotherapy-related symptoms
While undergoing treatment at Cape Cod Healthcare, you may qualify for drug clinical trials or therapy research Talk to your oncologist about what might be suitable for you.
Managing Treatment Side Effects
Everyone responds differently to medical therapies, and you may not experience the same side effects as someone else. Your treatment team will work with you to minimize side effects and help you manage symptoms. Cape Cod Healthcare offers a full range of support services for cancer patients and their families, including counseling, education, financial and insurance information, and networking. We will be your partner as you navigate cancer and treatment.
Your Care Team
A specially trained team of medical oncologists, on-site pharmacists, oncology-certified nurses and hematology specialists will collaborate on your care, monitor your progress and celebrate your recovery. We also partner with and regularly consult with oncologists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
The National Institutes of Health have more information on chemotherapy, immunotherapy and hormonal therapies for cancer.