Cancer Services and Treatment
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If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, the decision about where to go for care can be very stressful. You want a place that provides the highest quality care available delivered in a compassionate environment by people who care for you and your family. The Kaufman Cancer Center has comprehensive services and treatment services for all types of cancer, each staffed by experts who work together in multidisciplinary teams to care for the unique needs of each cancer patient. And our affiliation with the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center means easy access to one of the country’s leading hospitals in the treatment of blood, brain, breast, lung and prostate cancer.
The Kaufman Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and our services include:
Medical oncologists provide consultations, cancer treatments and continuous follow-up care and often serve as the primary health provider for someone who has cancer. They are an individual’s guide to cancer care managing the course of treatment and working with other specialists who focus on specific types of cancer to coordinate the overall care plan.
Surgery is an option for many stages and types of tumors, from the most straightforward cancers to advanced and recurring cancers. Our experienced surgeons are specially trained in minimally invasive techniques and work with each patient to identify the best surgical plan. For those patients requiring surgery for thoracic or gynecologic cancers, surgeons can operate using the da Vinci® Surgical System, an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System allows for complex and delicate procedures to be performed through very small incisions using a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. With the surgeon 100% in control, the robotic system translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body, resulting in improved vision, precision and capability.
Nearly two-thirds of people diagnosed with cancer will receive radiation therapy either alone or combined with chemotherapy and surgery. Radiation therapy at the Kaufman Cancer Center is directed by a team of highly-trained experts from the UM Department of Radiation Oncology who helped develop the technology. And because concentrated, high-doses of radiation are accurately delivered directly to the tumor, newer radiation therapy treatments take much less time than ever before.
Lung Cancer Program
Many of the drugs and treatments used in cancer care can have adverse effects on the heart. Our cardio-oncology program cares for people who are either at risk for developing heart disease, from cancer treatment, or who are already suffering from the problem.
Comprehensive Head and Neck Cancer Program
Infusion services at the Kaufman Cancer Center are offered in a comfortable and convenient outpatient setting that supports your independence and minimizes disruption to work and family life. In addition to chemotherapy for cancer, we provide intravenous (IV) treatments for pain management, dehydration, nutritional needs, blood products and more. The Infusion Center is staffed and operated by the University of Maryland Medical Center featuring registered nurses who specialize in oncology infusion.
The UM Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center supports the Kaufman Cancer Center with certified genetic counselors who have extensive training and experience allowing them to assist individuals and their families with decisions regarding genetic testing, and how to understand the results.
Cancer Screening Recommendations
Palliative care focuses on improving the overall quality of life for patients facing cancer or another serious illness. It provides symptom relief and can occur at the same time as all other care. It does not depend on a patient’s prognosis.
Sometimes treatment and surgery for cancer can affect an individual’s appearance. Reconstructive surgery is an option that some patients may consider after completing treatment with the goal of restoring function and appearance. It can play a major role in helping both men and women improve their body image and regain their confidence.