Treatment Services >Medical Oncology/Chemotherapy

The role of medical oncology is to care for the patient from the initial diagnosis of cancer and throughout the course of the disease and survivorship.  It does this by:

  • Educating the patient about their form of cancer and the stages of development
  • Discussing treatment options and making recommendations to the patient
  • Monitoring the care and treatment of the patient throughout the course of the disease
  • Working with the patient to improve the quality of life through therapy and in the management of pain and symptoms

The medical oncologists at The Nyack Hospital Breast Centerare board certified specialists who are experienced in every phase of cancer treatment management, planning and coordination.  They work closely with surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists to provide the most effective treatment for the patient. They also participate in numerous clinical trials of new drugs and treatments.

Medical treatments to fight cancer include:

  • Chemotherapy: the treatment of cancer with anticancer drugs.  The main purpose of chemotherapy is to kill cancer cells.
Hormonal therapy: hormones are substances that occur naturally in the body.  They act as chemical messengers
  • influencing the growth and activity of cells.  Hormones play a role in the growth of such cancers as breast and prostate. Hormonal treatment prevents cancer cells from getting the hormones they need to grow and multiply.
  • Immunotherapy: the stimulation of the immune system to help fight cancer by slowing down or stopping the growth of cancer cells thereby allowing the immune system to be more effective in destroying cancer cells.
  • Targeted therapy: using drugs or other substances to block the growth and spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules involved in tumor growth and development.