Nevada Cancer Specialists (NCS) offers a comprehensive range of treatment services for our patients. No matter which path you choose to fight cancer, our skilled team of professionals have the expertise to help you determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs.
When you first become a patient of NCS, our friendly staff will conduct a physical examination and ask you about your family and medical history. This allows our trained physicians to confirm or accurately diagnose your particular medical condition.
Together, we will review all options so that you can make the decision that’s right for you and your family. Here is a list of the services we offer and how we can help you:
What is medical oncology
Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
How we help
Our experienced medical oncologists provide exceptional cancer care in a collaborative and compassionate environment. Our nurses and medical oncologists at NCS work closely with oncology-trained pharmacists to manage dosages and monitor patient progress and side effects to ensure you are receiving the best treatment plans to fight your specific disease.
What is chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is part of a standardized regimen to treat cancerous diseases with drugs that interfere with cancer cell growth and reproduction. These cancer-fighting drugs also target and attack cancerous cells that may have spread to other parts of the body. This form of treatment is often used in conjunction with other cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy and/or surgery.
How we help
Your cancer care team here at NCS will guide you through your entire treatment plan including follow-up care. We offer guidance through every level of your chemotherapy treatment because we understand how difficult this can be – mentally and physically. We can help you design a diet plan to combat the side effects of chemotherapy, among other things.
What is hematology
Hematology is the study of blood in health and disease. It includes problems with the red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, blood vessels, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, and the proteins involved in bleeding and clotting (hemostasis and thrombosis).
A hematologist is a medical doctor who applies this specialized knowledge to treat patients with blood conditions.
How we help
Our hematologists at NCS have extensive expertise in treating disorders relating to blood and blood-forming organs and tissues, both for cancer and non-cancer patients.
As part of your patient care team, our hematologists will work closely with surgeons, our radiation oncologist, and other specialists to help patients understand their diagnosis, develop individualized treatment plans, coordinate aspects of care and provide surgical, chemotherapeutic and immunotherapeutic treatment.
What is immunotherapy
Immunotherapy is treatment that uses your body’s own immune system to help fight cancer. This can be done by stimulating your own immune system to work harder or smarter to attack cancer cells, or by giving your immune system components, such as man-made immune system proteins.
How we help
Immunotherapy is variable and can work better for some types of cancer than for others.
Some treatment plans boost the body’s immune system in a very general way. Others help train the immune system to attack cancer cells specifically. Depending on the type of cancer we are treating, sometimes it’s used by itself, sometimes it seems to work better when used in conjunction with other types of treatment.
Because different variables are involved with immunotherapy, our trained specialists at NCS are here to help our patients determine the best treatment plan should they choose the path of immunotherapy.
What are laboratory services
Laboratory services and testing is a key component in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.
How we help
There is a big advantage in NCS having on-site laboratories. These on-site laboratories allow us to obtain quick results for many routine tests, helping physicians prescribe or adjust your treatment plan as needed without unnecessary delays.
The time required for accurate test results varies. Your doctor will receive the results of your tests as soon as they are available, and will discuss the results with you during your next appointment.
What you should know
There may be instances where your insurance company will require some or all of your testing be completed by outside laboratories. Also, some tests may not be offered on-site. But be assured that these outside laboratories are prompt and dependable. All your testing is handled in a confidential manner, no matter where it is performed.
What is radiation oncology
Radiation Oncology a method that treats cancer with carefully calibrated, regulated and targeted doses of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells. Radiation can kill some of the cancer cells immediately though most die because the radiation damages the cells’ chromosomes and DNA, stopping their division and growth.
How we help
At Nevada Cancer Specialists, we combine radiation therapy equipment with the expertise and care of our physicians to give patients a personalized care experience.
The Calypso System is a state-of-the-art imaging system that tracks real-time movements of tumors during therapy. This advancement of radiation therapy is beneficial in the treatment of various cancers.
About the Calypso system
During radiation treatments, subtle movements such as when a patient coughs, sneezes or adjusts their position, can cause the radiation beam to shift focus. If the beam shifts, it can possibly hit healthy tissue. This can lead to unwanted side effects, such as incontinence or erectile dysfunction.
The Calypso system uses both real-time imaging and external beam radiation therapy to ensure the beam remains precisely targeted on the tumor, even if the body moves. This minimizes damage to healthy tissue and decreases the side effects related to radiation treatment. It also enables the radiation therapist to target the cancer more accurately, which means a higher dose can be delivered straight where it’s needed most.
The system uses Implantable or Surface Beacon® Transponders. They function much like a GPS and alert the external radiation beam if the tumor has moved away from the treatment zone, stopping the treatment. Once refocused, treatment resumes.