St. Francis offers leading-edge treatment options for most types of adult cancer. Cancers of the blood, breast, lung, prostate, pancreas and liver and gastrointestinal/colorectal tract are among the most-often seen.
While treatment decisions depend on the type and amount of cancer, the location of the cancer and how aggressive the cancer is, St. Francis offers a full range of treatment strategies, including stem cell transplantation, surgery, and chemotherapy.
stem cell transplantation
Stem Cell Transplantation is the preferred treatment for some cancers, including acute and chronic leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. During the procedure, a physician withdraws stem cells from either the patient or donor, administers chemotherapy and sometimes radiation to the patient, and then injects the previously collected stem cells into the patient. The stem cells make their way through the bloodstream and into the center of the bones, where they begin to grow. This process, called engrafting, can take from two to four weeks. Learn more >>
Two out of three people with cancer will have some type of surgery. Cancer surgery may be preventive, diagnostic, curative, or palliative. St. Francis has an expert team of surgeons who can perform nearly any type of cancer surgery needed. Learn more >>
chemotherapyWith chemotherapy, medicines are used to reach cancer cells that may have spread throughout the body. Unlike radiation therapy, which is focused on a particular part of the body, chemotherapy enters the bloodstream and circulates throughout. Learn more >>
St. Francis recently submitted a Certificate of Need (CON) application to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for approval to add the radiation therapy program with the technology of a state-of-the-art linear accelerator. Having a linear accelerator to provide radiation treatment ensures that patients who choose St. Francis can have access to and receive all of their necessary treatments within the St. Francis’ setting of compassion and clinical excellence. Pending the CON process, St. Francis hopes to have radiation therapy available by 2014. Learn more about radiation therapy >>