Asplundh Cancer Pavilion
One component of personalized medicine involves the coordinated efforts of the tumor board – a team of accomplished physicians in the fields of medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology and radiology; along with clinical researchers, oncology nurses and nurse navigators.
In some cases, thanks to ongoing advances in research, the tumor board can identify the best course of treatment based on the genetic profile of a patient's cancer.
Research has discovered certain molecules in specific cancers that help the disease grow and spread. Therapies aimed at those targets block cancer development.
Many cancers may be treated with targeted therapy, including blood, lung, gastrointestinal, breast, colorectal, skin and other cancers.
Treatment with Targeted Therapy
Medicines used as targeted treatments inhibit cancer growth, cause cancer cells to die or trigger the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells. Targeted therapy may be given on its own or combined with other treatments.
Some cancers grow due to the presence of certain hormones, chemicals produced in glands. Treatment that blocks, disrupts or lowers this hormonal influence may be effective in stopping cancer growth.
Patients with breast cancer, prostate cancer or thyroid cancer may receive hormonal therapy.
Treatment with Hormonal Therapy
Hormonal therapy lowers the risk of cancer returning after initial treatment, such as surgery or chemotherapy, is completed. Treatment is administered orally by capsules or pills, or by injection. Surgery to remove the hormone-producing gland is another method to reduce hormonal influence.
Before starting any cancer treatment, talk with your oncologist about whether the therapy could affect your fertility. Our reproductive endocrinologists help with fertility preservation before cancer treatment or appropriate infertility treatment if cancer therapy has already been given.
Honored for Cancer Expertise
Independence Blue Cross named us a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers®. The Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons, gave us its 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award, one of only three Pennsylvania centers to receive that honor for cancer treatment excellence.