St. Joseph's

Comprehensive Cancer Treatment

There are many steps involved in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Physicians and other clinical staff at the Kraemer Cancer Center have the expertise to treat every kind of cancer, and as part of the Froedtert & the Medical College Cancer Network, we have the resources to provide you with all cancer services you might need.

Surgery

Surgical intervention is an important part of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Surgeons remove cancerous tumors or, in cases where the tumor cannot be completely removed, aid in reducing its size.

They also perform biopsies and play a significant role in staging cancer. During an operation to remove a tumor, a surgeon can assess whether the cancer has spread to lymph nodes and other organs of the body. He or she can also use the size of the tumor to determine the stage.

Surgeons also closely monitor patients before and after surgery to ensure the transition to other levels of treatment is seamless.

Medical Oncology

Medical oncology is the use of chemotherapy and other drugs, such as hormones, to treat cancer. A patient may require medications at all stages of his or her treatment. For example, a medical oncologist might order chemotherapy before surgery to shrink a tumor, and then after surgery to ensure the cancer has been eliminated. A medical oncologist also monitors the patient’s care and treatment throughout the course of the disease, educating him or her about treatment options and helping manage symptoms.

The Kraemer Cancer Center offers a large, comfortable infusion area with communal, semi-private and private infusion rooms and natural views of the prairie. TV, magazines and other reading materials, as well as healthy snacks and beverages are available for the comfort of our patients and family members. The infusion area is staffed with experienced, specially trained medical oncology nurses.

Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology is the use of high-energy X-rays to stop cancer cells from growing. Radiation therapy can be used in addition to surgery to reduce the rate of the cancer coming back, as the primary treatment for certain cancers, such as prostate and head and neck, and as palliative treatment to manage pain.

Unlike chemotherapy, which takes several hours, radiation therapy lasts only 10 to 15 minutes. However, depending on the cancer and treatment plan, patients undergoing radiation therapy need to come to the Kraemer Cancer Center for treatment every day, Monday through Friday, for two to seven weeks.

In addition to being used after surgery, radiation therapy can be used before surgical procedures to shrink the size of a tumor.