Texas Cancer Center Offering Comprehensive Diagnosis and Treatment Programs
Posted: Sep 22, 2018
Expert teams of radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and surgical oncologists utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to create individualized cancer treatment plans for each patient’s unique diagnosis. The main objectives of cancer diagnosis and treatment programs are to prolong the life of the patients or cure them, and most importantly, to ensure the best quality of life for all cancer survivors. Treatment programs should ensure timely access to effective therapy especially for advanced cancers that have the potential of getting cured.
- Cancer diagnosis – A diagnosis based on pathological examination is the first critical step one should take towards managing cancer. Obtaining a tumor sample can be done by performing a biopsy which requires intervention such as endoscopy or an image-guided procedure. Laboratory and pathology medicine services are needed to analyze and interpret the patient's samples accurately. This helps to guide the diagnosis, treatment, and management of the patient. It is critical to determine the stage of the tumor in order to determine the best treatment options necessary and estimate the prognosis of the patient.
- Treatment for cancer – The treatment for cancer requires a careful assessment of evidence-based options, which can include more than one treatment including surgery, systematic therapy, and radiotherapy. Choosing the best treatment option should be based on evidence of the most effective treatment given the available resources. A good decision shared by a team of experts considers the patient factors which include their individual preferences. A patient’s treatment should be well-coordinated in a multi-disciplinary manner to ensure that treatment is administered effectively and in a timely manner. A combined treatment plan needs total collaboration among the cancer care team and should be administered in an integrated and people-centered manner.
Cancer treatment has significant financial and psychosocial impacts on every patient and their family. These impacts should be put into consideration when designing programs to improve the accessibility to treatment and coverage of the cancer services. The cancer treatment services need a strong health system that will ensure that the treatment offered is of high quality, safe, effective and accessible to all cancer patients.
After successful treatment for cancer, a plan should be put in place to monitor the patient for spread or recurrence of cancer, making follow-up examinations and managing the health problems related to the treatment and assess for development of other cancers.