Treatment

Cancer expertise, comprehensive treatment

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, Carlisle Regional Medical Center offers expert care. We provide a range of cancer treatment options that are tailored to meet each patient’s individual needs. Doctors plan treatment by consulting with surgeons and chemotherapy and radiation specialists to develop the most effective approach. In most cases, several treatment options are combined to provide the most comprehensive treatment. Carlisle Regional Medical Center provides all levels of care, including inpatient, outpatient, hospice and home care services.

Part of CRMC’s full-spectrum care includes special support services to address the unique needs of cancer patients and their families. Our multidisciplinary cancer care team includes primary care doctors, oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, nurses, pain management specialists, dieticians and other professionals who work together to provide individualized care. Treatment options include:

Chemotherapy

Also known as medical oncology or hematology, chemotherapy uses chemicals to destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells. Surgeons often use chemotherapy in conjunction with surgery to destroy surrounding tissue after a tumor is removed.

Hormone therapy

Hormones can kill cancer cells, or slow or stop their growth. Doctors can prescribe medications that affect the activity or production of hormones, or may surgically remove a gland that produces hormones.

Radiation therapy

Carlisle Regional Medical Center offers state-of-the-art equipment and techniques that allow radiation oncologists to precisely target radiation to destroy cancer cells and minimize damage to healthy, surrounding tissue. Doctors utilize a range of sophisticated techniques to fit the needs of each patient, including:

  • Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) – Utilizes computer technology to create a 3-D image of the tumor so radiation beams can be focused precisely on the treatment area.
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) – IMRT further refines 3D-CRT capability by allowing the radiologist to customize the dose of radiation to the size and shape of the tumor, and restrict exposure to healthy tissue. This method is used to treat tumors that are close to vital organs or structures, such as the spinal cord, brain or liver.
  • Brachytherapy – Small catheters (thin, flexible tubes) are used to administer high doses of radioactive sources directly into cancerous tissue. Brachytherapy can deliver a higher total dose of radiation over a shorter period of time than external-beam techniques. This method is often used to treat prostate, breast, cervical and lung cancer.
  • Radiosurgery – Also known as stereotactic radiosurgery, this non-invasive technique uses focused beams of radiation to treat cancerous tissues without a surgical opening. It is called "surgery" because offers a similar result as actual surgery.

Linear Accelerator

Carlisle Regional Cancer Center strives to offer the most advanced technology to patients in Central Pennsylvania. One way we are doing so is through the Trilogy' treatment delivery system with RapidArcTM.   The new linear accelerator is the first of its kind in the area. Creating radiation targets smaller than .5mm, this technology allows specially trained radiation oncology physicians to pinpoint cancerous cells while also tracking tumor movement associated with patient movement and shifts caused by breathing.  

"The Trilogy system enhances the patient's experience while allowing for greater precision with less radiation exposure to healthy, surrounding tissues," says Ronald Malcom, MD, radiation oncologist at Carlisle Regional Cancer Center. "Patients also benefit from a quicker treatment session in a more comfortable atmosphere, close to home."

Surgery

Carlisle Regional Medical Center's cancer care teams carefully evaluate each patient’s needs to determine whether surgery offers the best chance for success. When surgery presents the best option, doctors utilize minimally invasive techniques whenever possible — including robotic surgery, which gives surgeons greater precision and can offer patients less scarring and a faster recovery.

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