Treatments & Procedures

Your cancer treatment plan is the key to your recovery

Your road to recovery starts with a cancer treatment plan customized to you and your diagnosis. Our physicians and specialists at Desert Regional Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center are committed to helping you get what you need to begin your journey. Get your plan by scheduling an appointment with one of our physicians. Call (760) 416-4800.

Information you may need about common cancer treatment options

Blood product donation & transfusion

Some cancers cause internal bleeding; others affect the bone marrow, resulting in low blood counts. In these cases where new healthy blood is needed, a nurse or physician inserts an IV line into one of the patient’s blood vessels and administers healthy blood or blood products of the patient’s same blood type.

Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is internal radiation. It involves implanting radioactive isotopes inside or near a tumor, or ingesting a radioactive substance by mouth or tube. Brachytherapy can be permanent, temporary or may be a radiation source that the body eventually sheds by itself. Brachytherapy delivers a concentrated dosage of radiation directly to the tumor.

Chemotherapy

In chemotherapy (chemo), physicians administer medicines or drugs that stop or slow the growth of cancerous cells. Depending on the case, these medicines can destroy cancer cells outright or make tumors smaller in preparation for surgery or radiation therapy.

Hyperthermia

The idea of using heat to treat cancer has been around for some time, but early attempts had mixed results. Today, physicians use state-of-the-art tools to allow the precise delivery of heat, and hyperthermia is being studied for use against many types of cancer.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is treatment that uses your body's own immune system to help fight cancer. Physicians stimulate a patient’s immune system in a variety of ways, training it to work harder or teaching it to attack cancer cells specifically. In other cases, a doctor may administer man-made immune system proteins to attack malignant cells.

Radiology services

Cancer patients have access to radiology services. Our board-certified radiologists offer unmatched expertise in interventional diagnostics and therapies, which include low-dose CT scans.

Surgery

A surgeon uses specialized instruments to access areas inside the body to diagnose, treat or even help prevent cancer in some cases. Surgically removing cancerous cells is often the greatest chance for cure, especially if the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. Surgical oncologist and GYN oncology surgeons have completed specific training in the surgical management of cancer.

Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy, also known as biotherapy, is a newer type of cancer treatment where doctors administer drugs or other substances to more precisely identify and attack cancer cells, usually while doing little damage to normal cells. Targeted therapy is a growing part of many cancer treatment regimens.