Oncology and Hematology Services in Wilmington
During cancer treatment it is important to stay focused on the positives.
As difficult as this disease can be, it is not something you need to fight
alone. At Saint Francis Healthcare, you are the center of your cancer
care team. We can diagnose your condition, prescribe treatments, and connect
you to helpful resources, but only you can tell us about your goals, how
this disease has affected you, and your anxieties about the future. Our
goal is to heal you in mind, body, and soul, to do that we take the time
to listen and craft a customized treatment plan that fits your unique needs.
An integral part of our treatment involves educating patients on cancer.
When you are taking on cancer without any understanding of how it works
or what treatment involves, it is easy to feel discouraged and frustrated.
For many patients, learning more about cancer has been a significant motivator,
and maintaining a positive outlook in these situations can have a tremendous
impact on your treatment.
In basic terms, cancer begins when mutated, deformed cells begin reproducing
and attacking healthy cells. There is no one known cause for the development
of these cancer cells, but if they can be diagnosed early then your oncology
team has a better chance of removing the cells before they can spread
throughout the body.
Different types of cancer, brain, breast, lung, etc., are classified by
where they first form in the body. For instance, if you have lung cancer,
it means the cancer cells first developed in the lungs.
We treat a wide array of cancers, including:
- Head and neck
- Lymphoma, Hodgkins and Non-Hodgkins
- Multiple myeloma
We will take the time to help you better understand your diagnosed cancer
and the steps we can take to treat it.
Access to Cutting-Edge Clinical Trials
Saint Francis Healthcare is part of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at
Thomas Jefferson University, a renowned cancer department in Philadelphia
producing some of the most promising cancer research in the field of oncology.
Normally, a cancer patient would need to travel to Philadelphia in order
to utilize their advanced treatments or gain access to their revolutionary
clinical trials, but thanks to our affiliation we can now proudly offer
these services to Wilmington residents and the greater Delaware area.
Finding the Best Treatment Plan
In order to fight cancer, your treatment needs to destroy the mutated cancer
cells. There are several ways of going about this, including chemotherapy,
radiation therapy, and targeted therapy. The main drawback of most cancer
treatments is that, as of yet, it is difficult to destroy cancer cells
without also harming healthy cells, which is why cancer treatment comes
with numerous side effects.
One of the more effective ways of fighting cancer is surgery. If cancer
has remained concentrated in one part of the body, your oncology team
has a chance to remove it through surgery and destroy any lingering cells.
If surgery is not an option, our team will walk you through the pros and
cons of various treatments and work with you to develop a cancer care
plan you feel comfortable with.