Treatments & Procedures

The physicians and cancer care specialists at Doctors Medical Center of Modesto are dedicated to providing patients with individualized cancer treatment plans to get them on the road to recovery.

Learn more about cancer treatments and procedures below.

Blood product & transfusion

Some cancers cause internal bleeding; others affect the bone marrow, resulting in low blood counts. In these cases in which new healthy blood is needed, a nurse or physician inserts an IV line into one of the patient’s blood vessels and administers healthy blood or blood products of the patient’s same blood type.

Chemotherapy

In chemotherapy (chemo), physicians administer medicines or drugs that stop or slow the growth of cancerous cells. Depending on the case, these medicines can destroy cancer cells outright or make tumors smaller in preparation for surgery or radiation therapy.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is treatment that uses your body's own immune system to help fight cancer. Physicians stimulate a patient’s immune system in a variety of ways, training it to work harder or teaching it to attack cancer cells specifically. In other cases, a doctor may administer man-made immune system proteins to attack malignant cells.

Radiology services

Cancer patients have access to radiology services. Our radiologists offer unmatched expertise in interventional diagnostics and therapies, which include low-dose CT scans.

Surgery

A surgeon uses specialized instruments to access areas inside the body to diagnose, treat or even help prevent cancer in some cases. Surgically removing cancerous cells is often the greatest chance for cure, especially if the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. Surgical oncologists and gynecological oncology surgeons have privileges to practice at Doctors Medical Center of Modesto. These surgeons have completed specific training in the surgical management of cancer.

Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy, also known as biotherapy, is a newer type of cancer treatment in which doctors administer drugs or other substances to more precisely identify and attack cancer cells, usually while doing little damage to normal cells. Targeted therapy is a growing part of many cancer treatment regimens.

Let Doctors Medical Center connect you with a physician in your area

Call (877) 946-3604 or use our Find A Physician tool to be connected to a cancer care specialist who can answer your questions.

You can also read more about diseases and conditions in our health library.