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Our Cancer Treatment Services

You want the latest and most effective treatments available if you or a loved one receives a cancer diagnosis. The Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute offers leading-edge care at a time when you most need expertise. 

The Cancer Institute offers a range of advanced treatment options for all cancers, specializing in breast, gynecological, and prostate cancer. Our services include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and radiofrequency ablation.

As a teaching hospital – affiliated with more than half a dozen medical schools in the area – we have access to the most advanced expertise and treatment in cancer care. As a result, the Cancer Institute has a treatment approach that will be right for you.

Our services are available on both an outpatient and inpatient basis through our dedicated treatment centers including the Inpatient Oncology Unit, Outpatient Infusion Center, Radiation Treatment Center, Women’s Surgical Unit and Breast Center.

Surgery
Surgery may be the best option for some cancer patients, preventing the spread of cancer cells by removing lumps, polyps, tumors or lesions. After surgery, radiation or chemotherapy may still be needed to destroy any remaining cancer cells.

Holy Cross Hospital’s experienced surgeons are part of our team approach to cancer care. They work with your physician, oncologists and other members of the care team to assess your surgical needs.

Our surgeons perform a high volume of cancer surgeries – including more gynecological cancer surgeries than anyone else in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Many are expert in minimally invasive surgery. And, research shows better patient outcomes are linked to advanced training and the skill level of your cancer surgeon.

If you require hospitalization, you may receive care in the Holy Cross Hospital’s dedicated Women’s Surgery Unit. Here, your environment is designed to help recovery with private rooms, comfortable furniture and every convenience, including a place for overnight guests. The unit’s specially-trained nurses and staff understand the physical and emotional needs of women following surgery.

Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy – aimed at areas of cancer – can destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells that grow and divide more quickly than regular cells. More than half of all cancer patients will require radiation therapy at some point in their treatment.

The Holy Cross Hospital Radiation Treatment Center provides advanced radiation oncology therapies, including the most innovative new treatments. The Center’s experienced clinicians – including board-certified radiation oncologists, physicists, dosimetrists and radiation therapists – will work with your physician to coordinate your care.

Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy uses specific anti-cancer drugs to kill cancer cells. It can be given alone, in combination with radiation therapy, or as a follow-up to surgery. Patients may receive chemotherapy on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on what your physician prescribes. Medications are available to help reduce or manage any side effects.

If you need outpatient chemotherapy treatment, the Holy Cross Outpatient Infusion Center offers a safe, comfortable environment and is open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Radiofrequency Ablation
The Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute is a local leader in adopting new treatments, including those usually seen only at academic centers. This includes radiofrequency ablation, a high-tech process that destroys certain inoperable metastatic and benign tumors. The hospital is expanding its use to select liver, kidney, lung and bone tumors.

The Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute offers the most advanced cancer treatments available and an experienced, compassionate team of specialists, when you need expertise you can count on.

Pain Management
Pain management is a high priority of our cancer treatment programs. One highly effective method is patient controlled analgesia (PCA). PCA allows a patient to self-administer medication, which is delivered through an IV from a small, computerized pump.

It ensures continuous and regulated pain relief, with the safety of special lockout devices to prevent accidental overdose of self-administrated pain medicine. Learn about Holy Cross Hospital's Pain Management Center.

Let Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute help you. Call 1-855-HCH-HOPE (424-4673) for all your cancer care needs–referrals, appointments and more. 

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