Many cancer treatments are available at St. Clair Health. Your treatment options will depend on various factors, such as your current health state, the type and stage of your cancer, and most importantly, your opinion. As a team, you and your physician will work together to discuss potential risks and benefits for each treatment to determine what’s best for you.
Medical Oncology uses chemotherapy and targeted drug therapy to focus on specific mutations and kill cancer cells. An emerging and exciting form of medical oncology is immunotherapy, which uses the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells.
Doctors sometimes use chemotherapy when surgery is unlikely to remove cancer on its own.
Chemo is an appropriate route for:
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Dr. Tala Achkar, is a member of St. Clair Hospital Cancer Center Affiliated with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center who specializes in Medical Oncology. In this series, our expert answers commonly asked questions from patients.