Receiving the best cancer treatment possible is important to you. At Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, advanced cancer treatment programs deliver the most precise and effective care and therapy available, including medical oncology and radiation oncology, while minimizing side effects.
Medical oncology is a cancer treatment method using medications. Chemotherapy is injected into a vein or given by mouth. Administered in specific cycles, medical oncology allows time for your body to rebuild normal cells that chemotherapy may damage.
A medical oncologist is a physician who specializes in the treatment of cancer with chemotherapy. This physician works with you to develop a care plan that is best suited for your situation. Chemotherapy works by wiping out rapidly dividing cancer cells. It also can destroy fast-growing healthy cells. This may cause side effects.
Your bone marrow's ability to make blood cells might decrease and cause:
The lining of your stomach and intestines could become damaged from:
Chemotherapy targets rapidly growing cells, including healthy cells in your hair and inside your mouth. Effects can include:
Sexual side effects may occur as well as overall effects on your body, such as fatigue.
It is a good idea to prepare a list of questions about side effects to ask your health care team to better prepare you for chemotherapy. Once you start treatment, it's important to tell your health care team about all the side effects that you experience. The earlier they know, the more likely they can prevent side effects from becoming serious problems.
The radiation oncologist will consult with you on the best therapy treatment for your type of cancer. Treatment types include image-guided radiation therapy, 3D conformal radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and others. Learn more about radiation oncology.
Radiology uses image-guided technology, such as X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans and MRI to perform minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and assist with treatment decisions. Learn more about our radiology services and how they may benefit you.