Oncology is the study of cancer, and doctors who specialize in caring for patients with cancer are called oncologists. Phelps County Regional Medical offers world-class oncology services at the Delbert Day Cancer Institute with medical oncologists Joseph Bond, DO and Stephen Toothaker, MD, and radiation oncologist, Christopher R. Spencer, MD, MS.
What is the Difference Between Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology?
Medical oncology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Oncology is one of the most rapidly changing fields of medicine. Innovative treatments including intravenous, oral medications and targeted therapies (non-chemotherapy drugs that are designed to treat very specific tumor types) used in addition to traditional chemotherapy. Medical oncology provides multidisciplinary treatment, meaning there are many people involved in a cancer patient’s care. PCRMC medical oncologists, nurses and staff coordinate a patient’s treatment and therapy, which may include chemotherapy, targeted agents, surgery, radiation therapy, genetics testing, counseling and palliative care. Radiation oncology involves treating cancer with radiation.
Radiation oncologists are physicians who specialize in treating cancer with radiation, and radiation therapy is used to treat numerous types of cancers. Radiation therapy uses targeted, high levels of energy or particles to kill cancer cells. Patients receiving radiation therapy often make daily trips to the hospital to receive treatment. The PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute provides world-class radiation therapy close to home which alleviates the need for patients and their families to have to travel long distances during treatment.
For More Information
To learn more about the medical and radiation oncology services at the Delbert Day Cancer Institute at PCRMC, please call 573-364-9000.