Cancer Treatments & Services
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are two of the most common types of cancer treatment therapies. Occasionally, these cancer treatments are coupled with other treatments, such as bone marrow transplant. In addition to the treatment options listed below, some varieties of cancer require additional treatment including surgical, interventional and therapeutic/palliative options.
Chemotherapy is medication delivered to the body to eliminate cancer cells or greatly reduce their effect. It targets cells that divide rapidly, a characteristic of most cancer cells.
Chemotherapy, often used to support and enhance other cancer treatment modalaties, interferes with the division and reproduction of cells. If a cancer cell cannot reproduce, it eventually dies without another cell to replace it.
Chemotherapy is usually administered orally or intravenously. Some types of chemotherapy are delivered daily over a prescribed period, while others are given weekly. Similarly, some chemotherapy infusion sessions last only a few minutes, while others take a full day.
Recent advances in chemotherapy treatment mean patients may not experience some of the common side effects previously associated with chemotherapy. For instance, not all treatments result in hair loss, weight gain, or nausea. Side effects of chemotherapy depend on the type and dose of chemotherapy received. Your physician may combine other mediations, such as radiation therapy, with your cancer treatment drugs to offset negative reactions.
Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses ionizing radiation energy to kill cancer cells and shrink cancerous tumors. Radiation therapy serves to either destroy cancerous cells or damage these cells to impede the division and growth of the cancer. Undergoing radiation therapy will injure healthy and cells in addition to cancer cells, however, most normal cells are able to regain integrity post treatment to function normally again.
Radiation therapy can be used both to destroy cancer cells and/or impede their growth, and to treat symptoms of cancer such as bone and joint pain. This use of radiation therapy is referred to as therapeutic or palliative treatment.
Oftentimes, radiation therapy is used in conjunction with chemotherapy to fight cancer.
To learn more about radiation therapy at Emory, visit our radiation oncology page where there is a more detailed explanation of each of our radiation treatment options.
Some types of cancer require bone marrow and/or stem cell transplants in combination with chemotherapy for treatment. As one of the leaders in bone marrow and stem cell transplants, Emory is committed to the latest innovative techniques and treatments with supportive services and compassionate patient care.
To aid in the treatment of cancer, our mission is to provide curative therapy for patients with cancer using combinations of high dose chemotherapy with bone marrow or blood stem cell transplants.
To ensure our continued innovation, we participate in national, international and institutional clinical trials so we may continue to offer patients the newest knowledge in bone marrow and stem cell transplant technology and technique.
Surgery is a type of cancer treatment that is used to remove cancer cells and cancerous tumors. Based on our high volume and excellent outcomes, our surgical oncology clinics are recognized as a Surgical Center of Excellence by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia.
Did You Know?
The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is Georgia’s first and only National Cancer Institute (NCI)–designated cancer center.
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