Personalized Cancer Care
There is no longer a "one-size-fits-all" approach to cancer treatment. Even among patients with the same type of cancer, the behavior of the cancer and its response to treatment can vary widely. By exploring the reasons for this variation, researchers have begun to pave the way for more personalized cancer treatment. It is becoming increasingly clear that specific characteristics of cancer cells and cancer patients can have a profound impact on prognosis and treatment outcome. Although factoring these characteristics into treatment decisions makes cancer care more complex, it also offers the promise of improved outcomes.
The idea of matching a particular treatment to a particular patient is not a new one. It has long been recognized, for example, that hormonal therapy for breast cancer is most likely to be effective when the breast cancer contains receptors for estrogen and/or progesterone. Testing for these receptors is part of the standard clinical work-up of breast cancer. What is new, however, is the pace at which researchers are identifying new tumor markers, new tests, and new and more targeted drugs that individualize cancer treatment. Tests now exist that can assess the likelihood of cancer recurrence, the likelihood of response to particular drugs, and the presence of specific cancer targets that can be attacked by new anti-cancer drugs that directly target individual cancer cells.
Karen Chose to Treat Her Breast Cancer Wisely
"Choose wisely who provides your cancer care," says Karen Butterton. "Do your research. For me, that meant going to Halifax Health and getting the full spectrum of my treatment from the team of compassionate and knowing people there.”
Bladder Cancer - Risk Factors and Warning Symptoms
In recent decades there has been a steady increase in the incidence of bladder cancer.
Skin Cancer - The Most Common Cancer in the US
More than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. That’s more than all other cancers combined. The number of skin cancer cases has been going up over the past few decades.
Art Therapy: The Colors of Life
Halifax Health - Center for Oncology provides patients with Art Therapy that includes drawing, painting, and other media. In this program, patients work with our trained therapist in a private and relaxing environment to find ways to express themselves through art.
A Colorectal Cancer Screening Could Save Your Life
Colorectal cancer screenings detect precancerous polyps, which if removed, prevents them from turning into cancer. Screenings also help find colon cancer at an early stage, which if treated timely, most often is curable.
Cervical Cancer Awareness and Risk Assessment
Almost all cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you are at risk for cervical cancer. Women without HPV or any of these other risk factors rarely develop cervical cancer.
Ovarian Cancer - Symptoms, Diagnoses, and Treatments
Most common type of ovarian cancer is ovarian epithelial and starts in the tissues that cover the ovaries.