Chemotherapy is the planned process of taking certain medications to treat your cancer. These drugs can be delivered by a pill or liquid, a vaccine, and most often, through an IV needle that is connected to your blood stream. Delivery of chemotherapy and the method of delivery vary depending on the type of cancer you have and how your body is responding to the medications. Combination chemotherapy (combining more than one kind of chemo drug in your treatment) is very common as the drugs work together to destroy more cancer cells.
Chemo drugs are very strong and destroy any cell that is growing fast, whether it is a cancer cell or not. Because healthy cells are harmed, chemotherapy can cause side effects, though some people report no side effects. If you have bad or uncomfortable side effects, your doctor may order a blood test to find out if you need a lower dose, or if you need longer breaks between doses. Because cancer is different for everyone, the medical experts at Capital Health Cancer Center will work with you to develop a chemotherapy plan that fits your lifestyle.
Capital Health Cancer Center was the first hospital in the region to offer CyberKnife® Radiosurgery and the TrueBeamTM Linear Accelerator. Both devices give our physicians and multidisciplinary teams the ability to manage challenging cancers with unparalleled ease and precision anywhere in the body, including the lung, liver, prostate, abdomen, pelvis, breast, head and neck.
Interventional Radiology is a specialized and rapidly-expanding field within the conventional radiology department. These radiologists specialize in minimally-invasive procedures and therapies using image guidance (X-ray, CT-scan, ultrasound, and/or MRI) to pass small catheters, wires, or needles into the body.
Selective Internal Radiation Therapy
Capital Health physicians are licensed to offer a new FDA-approved treatment to patients with colorectal cancer that has metastasized to the liver. The treatment uses small beads containing radiation that are injected directly into the tumor. SIR-Spheres® microspheres are a medical device used in Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT). By directing high doses of radiation precisely into the tumor, healthy liver tissue can be preserved.
At Capital Health, our surgeons are among the region's foremost experts in a wide variety of medical fields, including breast surgery, gynecological surgery, hepatobiliary (liver, pancreas, and gall bladder) surgery, neurosurgery, surgical oncology, and urological surgery.
Click on the links below to find neurosurgeons who are part of the Center for Neuro-Oncology at the Capital Institute for Neurosciences as well as surgeons who are members of the Capital Health Medical Staff's Department of Surgery or those who are part of Capital Health Surgical Group, a multi-specialty surgical practice.
You may also use the "Find a Doctor" tool at the top of this page (or click here) to search for a surgeon on the Capital Health Medical Staff by last name or medical specialty.
The da Vinci Surgical System allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery through an incision roughly the size of a dime. Capital Health was the first hospital in Mercer County to offer minimally invasive procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. In addition to gynecological procedures, the da Vinci Surgical System is used to perform a complex minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of prostate cancer called prostatectomy. The da Vinci Surgical System offers patients less risk of infection, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and return to normal daily activities, and less scarring than traditional surgery and procedures.