Oncology and Hematology
The Broadlawns Hematology and Oncology Center manages patients with all forms and stages of cancer as well as a variety of blood disorders. Our board certified physician, Bradley Lair, MD, is a highly regarded oncologist, and he utilizes state-of-the-art technology and treatment techniques. Patients receive personalized counseling regarding their diagnosis and detailed instruction regarding their care and treatment options.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Broadlawns employs state-of-the-art radiology and diagnostic equipment and an exceptional team of experienced physicians that collaborate in identifying the form of cancer and determining the appropriate course of treatment. If surgical removal of a tumor or affected tissue is required, our medical staff is equipped to provide minimally invasive procedures to minimize recovery time and optimize successful outcomes. Patients are treated with immune therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. If a patient requires radiation therapy, staff will make the appropriate referral for them.
Chemotherapy utilizes powerful medications to kill cancer cells. Cancer cells tend to multiply and grow more rapidly than normal body cells. Chemotherapy is used to destroy the cancerous cells and to hinder the growth of additional cancerous cells. The use of chemotherapy can alleviate symptoms, shrink tumors and effectively treat many forms of cancer. Frequently, chemotherapy treatment involves utilizing a combination of medications that may be administered through oral medications, intravenous medications or by injection.
Biotherapy is a type of treatment that uses substances from living organisms to treat disease. The substances may occur naturally in the human body or made in the laboratory. In cancer, some biotherapies stimulate or suppress the immune system to help fight cancer. Other biotherapies attack specific cancer cells which may help them from growing or kill them. Types of biotherapy include immunotherapy and targeted therapies.
Immunotherapy is a treatment option that utilizes the patient’s own immune system to fight cancer cells. Immune therapy is administered in one of two ways. One method is through the stimulation of the immune system that boosts its ability to attack cancerous cells. Another method is conducted by administering synthetic immune system proteins that mirror natural immune proteins to eradicate cancerous cells.
Targeted therapy is a type of treatment that uses drugs or other substances to identify and attack specific types of cancer cells with less harm to normal cells. Some targeted therapies block the action of certain enzymes, proteins, or other molecules involved in the growth and spread of cancer cells. Other types of targeted therapies help the immune system kill cancer cells or deliver toxic substances directly to cancer cells and kill them. Targeted therapy may have fewer side effects than other types of cancer treatments.
If a patient requires radiation therapy, staff will make the appropriate referral for them. Through the use of high dose x-rays, gamma rays and charged particles, radiation therapy eradicates cancer cells through targeted exposure. Radiation therapy has been found to effectively shrink tumors and destroy cancerous cells.
Bradley Lair, MD
Julie Schuck, ARNP