Cancer Care Treatments
Traditional chemotherapy drugs are administered either by mouth or through injection and can be considered a body-wide treatment option targeting rapidly growing cells within the body. While this can halt tumor growth, it also impacts healthy cells that also grow rapidly, such as those in the nails, blood, stomach and hair. Treatments can be highly debilitating to the patient, causing nausea, hair loss and a weakened immune system, which makes the patient vulnerable to infection and life-threatening illnesses such as pneumonia. At times, we have to use this form of therapy, however, it is usually for a short period of time. We also adjust the timing and dosing of each drug to provide the most effective dose against the cancer, yet the least toxic.
Mountain Blue Cancer Care Center is a pioneer in immunotherapy for cancer. (Also known as biological therapy). We participated in the initial clinical trial that brought revolutionary change in how we treat cancer. Since then, we have observed enormous changes in patient outcomes and better side effect profiles. We continue to work closely with specialists in immunology and other disciplines to bring the best possible care to patients. With immunotherapy treatments, we activate and arm patients own cells to attack cancer. In either modality, we share with our patients the joy of triumph.
Genetics and Cancer
Within the human genome there are many individual genes that control cell growth. When a gene has an error in its DNA code, it can cause an alteration or “mutation” that leads to uncontrolled cell growth. Malignant tumors are formed when multiple mutation in different genes occur in a specific group of cells.
Genomic testing, not to be confused with genetic testing, looks for variations within genetic material, such as in a tissue sample taken from a tumor. The process, called Next Generation Sequencing or NGS, can identify which variations may be treated with molecular therapy.
A more precise, less toxic treatment.
This approach is less about the location of the cancer (e.g. lung or breast) and more about the factors that are driving cancer growth. Genomic tumor assessment enables the oncologist to “profile” the cancer in such a way as to understand which type of therapy will be most effective, and can even determine if the patient is likely to experience a recurrence of their cancer.
Molecular therapy targets the specific molecules involved in cancer cell growth. They work by interrupting the biochemical pathway that is responsible for the development, growth and spread of the cancer. This more individualized, targeted approach has shown to be highly effective and better tolerated by the patient.
Integrative medicine is a combination of medical treatments for cancer and complementary therapies to manage with the symptoms and side effects of cancer treatments. Integrative medicine often utilizes interventions that are natural and less invasive including acupuncture, massage, dietary supplements, meditation or mindfulness techniques.
Mountain Blue’s clinical trials division offers access to collaborative clinical trials from the top leaders in the oncology field who are on the forefront of exploring “cutting edge” treatments for many cancer types. There are a number of trials available for a variety of cancer diseases. If you would like to get more information on the clinical trials available, please contact the Mountain Blue Cancer Center Clinical Trials Navigator at 303-953-7400.
Multi-discipline boards review patient cases at diagnosis and throughout their treatment. Boards are comprised of physicians from different areas of care and cancer research. Tumor board evaluations are available for each of our patients.