Comprehensive Cancer Treatment
Comprehensive Treatment Options & Clinical Trials
The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin offers a complete range of treatment options. No matter what your specific form of cancer, our physicians have the expertise and resources to provide you with the most effective treatment plan.
Surgical intervention is important not only for removing cancerous tumors, but also for diagnosing cancer through biopsy and reducing tumors that cannot be removed completely. Surgeons also treat the complications of cancer, perform palliative procedures to ease pain and restore cancer-damaged structures. For some patients, less invasive techniques can make surgery less traumatic and speed recovery.
Our team of specialists has many sophisticated drug therapy options. We consider disease stage and type of disease, as well as biological and predictive factors (the distinctive characteristics of each patient’s disease) when planning the most effective treatment. Hormone therapy, immunotherapy and therapies that target specific cancer cells are considered. Depending on the patient, we may use single drugs or a combination of drugs. We may also use chemotherapy alone or in combination with radiation. We may use chemotherapy before surgery to reduce the size of a tumor and make surgery more effective, or after surgery to reduce the chance of recurrence.
Most patients receive chemotherapy and other IV infused treatments in our Day Hospital. This area is staffed with nurses who are experts in administering chemotherapy and caring for cancer patients. Many of them have earned national certification in oncology nursing.
Interventional radiologists are physicians who use minimally invasive techniques to treat diseases without surgery. Using an image-guided catheter, interventional radiologists deliver chemotherapy drugs or small radioactive spheres directly to the site of a cancerous tumor. They also use special needles to destroy tumors through heat or freezing. Interventional techniques are also effective for treating the side effects of cancer and for relieving pain.
Radiation oncologists use precisely directed beams of radiation to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing and dividing. Radiation therapy is a treatment option for many cancers. It can be used alone or in conjunction with surgery and/or chemotherapy to treat the tumor and adjacent areas. Examples include:
Regional Cancer Therapy
The Regional Cancer Therapy Program offers a multi-faceted approach to fighting cancer. Regional therapy includes a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, hyperthermia (heat) and radiation to target advanced cancers.
The Most Advanced Technology
The Froedtert & the Medical College Clinical Cancer Center gives patients access to world-leading technology for cancer care. The Clinical Cancer Center offers a full range of imaging and other technologies for detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer and monitoring treatment. In addition to traditional X-ray devices and versatile ultrasound technology, a range of other options are important in cancer therapy and follow up.
Froedtert & the Medical College is the primary test site for new CT imaging equipment developed by GE Healthcare. Thanks to this unique relationship, the Clinical Cancer Center is able to offer patients first-in-the-world access to many advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies.
On the Forefront of Research: Clinical Trials Available
The Froedtert & the Medical College Clinical Cancer Center backs its commitment to the constant search for new and more effective cancer treatments by participating in significant clinical trials for new drugs, radiation therapies, interventional techniques, technologies and surgical procedures. More than 130 clinical trials are in process at the Clinical Cancer Center at any given time.