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Cancer Types

Bladder Cancer Treatment

Bladder Cancer Treatment Salish Cancer Center

Bladder cancer accounts for five percent of all new cancers in the U.S., with a tendency to affect men in their lifetime (1 in 26) more than women (1 in 88). The extent to which the cancer has spread from its origin at the time of diagnosis will determine the treatment options, such as whether surgery is appropriate. The most common type of bladder cancer is called urothelial carcinoma or transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), indicating that it started in the innermost lining of the bladder wall. Urothelial cells can also be found in other structures within the urinary tract, like the kidney, the ureters that lead into the bladder from the kidneys, or the urethra. Bladder cancer can be found in these areas as well.

To diagnose bladder cancer, a urologist will perform a physical exam and cystoscopy, which is a low-risk procedure, to visualize the inside of the bladder wall. If a biopsy of abnormal tissue is taken, a pathologist will determine how abnormal or aggressive the tumor tissue is by studying it under a microscope. Other imaging tests may also be required to visualize the impact on surrounding structures. A final step towards diagnosis is staging the tumor. The stage will be determined by the size of the tumor itself and the degree to which it may have spread from its original location.

AN INTEGRATIVE AND INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH TO BLADDER CANCER TREATMENT.

Our integrative approach to cancer treatment starts with meeting with our medical oncologists and naturopathic oncologists. The medical oncologists at Salish Cancer Center work with your urologist to determine the best course of bladder cancer treatment depending on previous tests, imaging and the stage of your cancer. Chemotherapy may be indicated as a part of your initial treatment before or after surgery, or it may be the primary treatment itself. Recent advancements in research have also led to a new targeted drug therapy that stimulates the immune system to fight the cancer. Your naturopathic physician will also meet with you to discuss nutrition, dietary factors and specific supplements you can take to optimize the success of your treatment and quality of life. As a part of our individualized approach to treatment, you may be referred to other integrative care specialists, including one of our acupuncturists or Native Healers, depending on your symptoms and overall health from a mind-body-spirit perspective.

We accept most insurance plans, and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. All pertinent records must be received by our clinic before your appointments are scheduled so that we may give you our most well-informed recommendations.

For more detailed information on prostate cancer types, potential treatments, or to learn more about our services, please continue reading through our site and visit the Resources page for helpful tools and information.

Our caring support staff is available by phone to answer questions and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with bladder cancer, exploring further options, or would like a second opinion, the combined expertise of the physician team at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.

Bladder Cancer Key Statistics

Bladder Cancer Advocacy

Bladder Cancer Statistics, Research, and Screening

Brain Cancer Treatment

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The brain and spinal cord together are considered the central nervous system, or CNS. Abnormal clones of cells can arise in either of these areas and can lead to a variety of different symptoms and conditions. Primary brain tumors are those that start in the brain, versus a malignant tumor that starts in another part of the body and spreads to the brain. These metastatic tumors may have begun in the lung or breast, for instance. Even if symptoms arise and a tumor is found in the brain, it does not mean that one has brain cancer.

Some tumors in the brain are benign, meaning they are nonmalignant. A comprehensive diagnostic workup will include a medical interview and neurological exam testing your vision, strength, coordination, balance, hearing and reflexes. Imaging tests, including a brain MRI and possibly CT scan or PET scan, will be performed. If it is suspected that the brain tumor originated in another part of the body, a CT scan of other areas may be necessary. A biopsy can be performed to remove either a piece of, or the whole tumor, and the tissue can then be studied under a microscope to determine its cancer status. Molecular testing of the tumor may be ordered to identify specific tumor markers that may help with a diagnosis and/or treatment.

THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF BRAIN CANCER INCLUDE GLIOMAS AND MENINGEAL TUMORS.

The most common types of adult brain tumors are gliomas, which form from glial cells, followed by meningeal tumors. The glial cells are the most abundant type of cell in the CNS. They protect the neurons (nerves that conduct messages) from damage. Meningeal cells form the membraneous layers that surround the CNS. Symptoms of brain tumors can vary widely depending on location within the brain and type of tumor tissue. Common symptoms can include headaches, seizures, balance changes or alteration of senses like vision, smell, or taste.

WE FEATURE AN INTEGRATIVE AND INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH TO BRAIN CANCER TREATMENT.

Treatment for brain cancer has greatly evolved with recent advances in research. The medical oncologists at Salish Cancer Center have worked with patients using stand-alone or combination therapies including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and, more recently, tumor treating fields for certain tumor types such as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Treatment for symptoms may include anti-seizure drugs, steroids and surgery. Coordination between specialists is a necessity. As a patient of Salish Cancer Center, you will also visit with a naturopathic physician specifically trained in Integrative Oncology using diet, supplements and lifestyle counseling. Our naturopathic doctors work with patients at all stages of disease with symptom management, optimizing your conventional treatment for the greatest effect and supporting your overall health and wellbeing. Acupuncture treatments are also often highly effective for many cancer-related conditions such as nausea, pain and insomnia.

Financing cancer treatment can be a stressor. We accept most insurance plans and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. Other integrative services offered here, such as acupuncture, may be covered as well. All pertinent records must be received by our clinic before your appointments are scheduled so that we can give you our most well-informed recommendations.

For more detailed information on prostate cancer types, potential treatments, or to learn more about our services, please continue reading through our site and visit the Resources page for helpful tools and information.

Our caring support staff is available by phone to answer questions and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with brain cancer, exploring further options, or would like a second opinion, the combined expertise of the physician team at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.

New Hope: Immunotherapy and Brain Cancer

Risk Factors for Brain Cancer

Optune Electromagnetic Therapy

TEDMed Talk on Tumor Treating Fields

Breast Cancer Treatment

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The vast amount of research conducted on breast cancer in the last 30 years has led to many advancements in treatment for women and men with this disease, including fewer side effects and less invasive treatment. Subsequently, we are seeing increased survival rates through a wider variety of options for treatment and more effective targeted therapies. More women are living with breast cancer than ever before. Although breast cancer is a leading cancer type in the US, there is much reason for hope if you are a newly diagnosed patient.

EACH BREAST CANCER CASE IS UNIQUE WITH A VARIETY OF TREATMENT OPTIONS.

Breast cancer is classified by each patient’s unique tumor presentation discovered through biopsy and its location. This means there are many different types of breast cancer. The type and advancement of a patient’s disease determine the options for treatment. It is important to understand your treatment options and educate yourself about the benefits and potential side effects of each before deciding which treatment is best for you.

AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO BREAST CANCER TREATMENT.

At Salish Cancer Center, we work with breast cancer patients throughout the Pacific Northwest. Their conditions may range from newly diagnosed to those who are over 10-year survivors and now receive wellness screenings and preventive care in our survivorship program. Our physicians listen to their patients’ symptoms, health history, concerns and goals, order and evaluate necessary diagnostic tests, and offer the most effective evidence-based treatment strategies given the whole picture. Our practice offers our breast cancer patients services in medical oncology, naturopathic integrative oncology, acupuncture, and spiritual and Native Healing in a thoughtful, peaceful atmosphere that encourages health and healing.

YOUR TREATMENT WILL FEATURE AN INDIVIDUALIZED CARE PLAN.

As a new patient to our center with a diagnosis of breast cancer, you can expect to meet with both a medical oncologist, who discusses your primary conventional treatment options, and a naturopathic doctor regarding your synergistic and supportive recommendations. Your history and any lab work or imaging will be reviewed and discussed in the context of a treatment plan. Some people are interested in a second opinion, and others are certain they want to be treated here from the start. Subsequently, an individualized, integrative care plan is developed and steps to begin treatment are immediately set into motion. You can expect that each time you visit our Center our practitioners will have met as a group that morning to discuss your case, ensuring we are all in alignment with your care throughout the time you are a patient here.

Most insurance plans are accepted, and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. All pertinent records must be received by our clinic before your appointments are scheduled so that we may give you our most well-informed recommendations.

For more detailed information on breast cancer types, potential treatments, or to learn more about our services, please continue reading through our site and visit the Resources pages for helpful tools and information.

Our caring support staff is available by phone to answer questions and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, exploring further options, or would like a second opinion, the combined expertise of the physician team at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.

Understanding Breast Cancer Types

Treatment Options for your stage of breast cancer.

What will my Naturopathic Doctor discuss with me?

Colon Colorectal Cancer Treatment

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Colon and colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women in the US.There are usually no symptoms of this disease until it has significantly grown, but according to the National Cancer Institute, overall deaths from colon cancer have decreased with screening techniques such as colonoscopies or fecal occult blood testing. Subsequently, it is very important to follow your doctor’s age and history related screening recommendations, as curative treatment for colon cancer is possible for many if the disease is caught in its early stages.

Knowing the geography of the intestinal tract can help patients understand this disease. The colon is also known as the large intestine and surrounds the small intestine, which is in the middle of the abdomen. The right side of the colon is called the proximal colon, the left side is the distal colon, and the last four to five inches of the tract is called the rectum. Cancer that appears anywhere in either the colon or rectum is considered “colorectal cancer.” Typically, an abnormal growth within the intestinal wall called a polyp becomes cancerous and develops into a tumor with the potential of growing outside of the colon wall. Although not all polyps are cancerous, your doctor may recommend proactively removing one or more. Colon cancer can also form due to a genetic mutation passed on within a patient’s family, such as Lynch Syndrome, but these cases are rare. When one is diagnosed with colon cancer, the stage of cancer is determined by how much the tumor has grown or spread to nearby lymph nodes. The stage and type of colon cancer determines the treatment strategy, which may involve one or more options, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy or targeted therapy.

AN INTEGRATIVE AND INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH TO COLORECTAL CANCER TREATMENT OPTIONS.

The integrative clinical team at Salish Cancer Center offers an optimal model of care for patients with colorectal cancer at any stage. Patients will meet with their medical oncologist to learn their stage of disease and treatment options, as well as a naturopathic doctor who will offer therapeutic diet and supplement recommendations to support the treatment plan and ideally slow the spread of or cure disease. Supportive treatments, such as acupuncture, may also be recommended to support strength and healing during treatment. You can expect that each time you visit our center our practitioners will have met as a team that morning to discuss your case, ensuring we are all in alignment with your care throughout the time you are a patient here.

Most insurance plans are accepted, and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. All pertinent records must be received by our clinic before your appointments are scheduled so that we may give you our most well informed recommendations.

For more detailed information on colon or colorectal cancer types, potential treatments, or to learn more about our services, please continue reading through our site and visit the Resources pages for helpful tools and information.

Our caring support staff is available by phone to answer questions and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with colon cancer, exploring further options, or would like a second opinion, the combined expertise of the physician team at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.

Colorectal Cancer Staging

Dietary and Lifestyle Factors Affecting Colon Cancer

Leukemia Treatment

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Leukemia is a diagnosis of cancer in certain blood cell lines that originate in the bone marrow. Usually, leukemias are found through routine lab work, but more thorough diagnostic techniques must be performed to discover the exact type. People can develop either acute or chronic presentations of leukemia depending on how fast the cancerous cells are replicating and preventing other types of cells in the blood from growing.

Most people do not develop symptoms in the very beginning until a lack of the other important blood cells presents itself. For instance, in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), a type of white blood cell called a lymphocyte proliferates despite being too small and/or damaged. Normal cells have mechanisms by which damaged cells are destroyed, allowing only healthy cells to make it to the bloodstream. Cancer blocks these mechanisms. Eventually these abnormal lymphocytes can crowd out the other important cells in our blood, such as healthy white blood cells, platelets and red blood cells, leaving patients more vulnerable to infection, heavy bleeding with bruising, and anemia. Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) is a cancer of stem cells called myelocytes that turn into white blood cells. Targeted therapies have revolutionized the treatment of CML. These oral therapy drugs extend the time patients are in the chronic, indolent phase of the disease.

WE FEATURE AN INTEGRATIVE AND INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH TO LEUKEMIA TREATMENT.

Doctors at Salish Cancer Center are experienced in treating all chronic forms of leukemia, but not the acute types. We work with other specialists to make sure that the most effective evidence-based treatment plan is carried out given the age and phase of the disease in each patient. Typically, by the time patients come to us, they already know their diagnosis and are looking for individualized treatment, including conventional medication along with integrative care.

YOUR LEUKEMIA TREATMENT WILL FEATURE AN INDIVIDUALIZED CARE PLAN.

Our naturopathic doctors meet with patients during their initial visit to prescribe additional testing and explain the role of specific herbs, foods, and nutrients. These may be beneficial to optimize the success of your treatment and quality of life. Throughout your care, as your leukemia treatments change, your naturopathic recommendations will change as well. This ensures you are taking the most valuable supplements individualized to you and your current care plan. Acupuncture is also a treatment offered at Salish Cancer Center that many patients receive to relieve symptoms such as pain, neuropathy, and insomnia. Our holistic and team-oriented approach is unparalleled in the Pacific Northwest, and our patients travel long distances to be cared for by our compassionate and professional staff.

For more detailed information about leukemia, potential treatments, or to learn more about our services, please continue reading through our site and see the Resources section below.

We accept most insurance plans and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. All pertinent records must be received by our clinic before your appointments are scheduled so that we may give you our most well-informed recommendations.

Our caring support staff is available by phone to answer questions and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with leukemia, exploring further options, or would like a second opinion, the combined expertise of the physician team at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.

Financial and Service Resources

Understanding Stem Cell Treatment

Lung Cancer Treatment

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If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with lung cancer, you are not alone. Statistics prove that regardless of smoking status history, men have a 1 in 14 chance, and women a 1 in 17 chance, in their lifetimes of developing lung cancer. There are several subtypes of lung cancer, with most cases falling under the category of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Other types of cancer, such as bladder, colon, and breast, can spread to the lungs, but these are not considered lung cancer as they act and respond to treatments based on the tissue where they originated. A lung cancer prognosis is based on several factors, such as the extent of the disease at diagnosis, or “stage”, the treatments available for the specific subtype of lung cancer and the genetic makeup of the tumor. A person’s age and their overall state of health, as well as how responsive the tumor is to treatment, play a significant role as well.

Typically, a patient will undergo blood work, imaging and procedures such as CT-Guided biopsy or bronchoscopy before a lung cancer diagnosis can be made. Depending on the diagnosis and stage, several different types of doctors may work together to coordinate the patient’s care, including a pulmonologist, thoracic surgeon, radiation oncologist and medical oncologist.

AN INTEGRATIVE AND INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH TO LUNG CANCER TREATMENT.

At Salish Cancer Center, our medical oncologists deliver the latest, most effective treatments for the stage of lung cancer each patient has. They routinely order additional genetic testing to tailor treatment, such as immunotherapy, to the tumor’s unique expression. Patients will also meet with one of our naturopathic doctors to learn what natural therapies they could incorporate into their treatment plan to increase the effectiveness of conventional therapy, prevent the growth of cancer, and mitigate potential side effects from conventional treatment. Other integrative services offered at Salish include acupuncture and Native Healing. Acupuncture treatments are often highly effective for many cancer-related conditions that people experience throughout their care. Native Healing is offered to all patients interested in addressing their imbalances on a deeper, more spiritual level.

FEATURING A HOLISTIC MODEL OF CANCER CARE.

The holistic model of care at Salish Cancer Center is what sets us apart from other cancer centers. We look at your cancer with a wide-angle lens, considering all that is possible versus a narrower one-treatment-fits-all approach.
Financing cancer treatment can be a stressor. We accept most insurance plans, and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. All pertinent records must be received by our clinic before your appointments are scheduled so that we can give you our most well-informed recommendations.

For more detailed information on lung cancer types, potential treatments, or to learn more about our services, please continue reading through our site and visit the Resources page for helpful tools and information.

Our caring support staff is available by phone to answer questions and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with lung cancer, exploring further options, or would like a second opinion, the combined expertise of the physician team at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.

Lifestyle Choices and Lung Cancer

Information from the Centers for Disease Control

Lymphoma Treatment

lymphoma-cancer-treatmentReceiving a lymphoma diagnosis can be confusing. There are several different classifications of this disease with different prognoses, but all tumors derive from within the lymph system. Lymph tissue comprises the part of our circulatory system where our immune cells travel. It is compact in some areas, like the thymus gland, spleen and bone marrow, and more dispersed in others, such as the lymph nodes and vessels found throughout our whole body.Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell made in our bone marrow that alert the body to foreign substances when exposed to them within the lymph system. Lymphomas are tumors that grow from lymphocytes that have been abnormally stimulated to grow without control.

HODGKIN VS. NON-HODGKIN LYMPHOMA

The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hodgkin lymphoma affects about 8,000 new patients per year and is derived from a type of lymphocyte called a B-cell. It is also one of the most treatable cancers. Typically enlarged, non-tender lymph nodes are found in either the neck, behind the breastbone or between the lungs. Hodgkin Lymphoma can spread to other areas of the lymph system such as the spleen, liver, bone marrow or bone. Ninety-five percent of patients diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma have what is known as Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma (cHL).

The more common type of lymphoma diagnosed in the U.S. is non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), affecting more than 70,000 new patients annually. It can derive from B-cells or a second type of lymphocyte called a T-cell in the lymph nodes, as well as other lymph organs. Some common symptoms include fever, sweats, persistent weakness and fatigue, unexplained weight loss and painful areas of the body (chest, abdomen, bones) without reason. Given that there are more than 50 variations of NHL that can be diagnosed at different stages, treatment is very individualized within the realm of evidence-based treatment guidelines.

FEATURING AN INTEGRATIVE AND INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH TO LYMPHOMA TREATMENT.

At Salish Cancer Center, we have clinicians with expertise treating chronic, adult hematological cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia. There is great benefit to treating lymphoma early, but there are also lymphomas that recur after successful treatment. Our medical oncologists will meet with you to discuss your diagnosis, including subtype of lymphoma, prognosis, treatment options and side effect management. Our naturopathic doctors will also meet with you and your family to discuss specific supplementation and nutritional recommendations, which are tailored to your individual needs and conventional treatment plan. They will offer natural remedies to reduce side effects, maintain optimal function of your immune system, and support your conventional treatment plan.

For more detailed information on lymphoma, potential treatments, or to learn more about our services, including acupuncture and Native Healing, please continue reading through our site and see the Resources section below.
We accept most insurance plans, and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. All pertinent records must be received by our clinic before your appointments are scheduled so that we may give you our most well informed recommendations.

Our caring support staff is available by phone to answer questions and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with a form of lymphoma, exploring further options, or would like a second opinion, the combined expertise of the physician team at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.

Quick Guides to Treatment for Subtypes of Lymphoma

Melanoma Skin Cancer Treatment

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Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that forms in a cell called a melanocyte in the middle layer of the skin. Melanocytes give color to our skin, which is usually distributed evenly but are more pronounced in moles or freckles. Melanoma cancer cells are typically colored dark brown or bluish and grow irregularly on the skin.

One may be surprised to learn that the Pacific Northwest has the highest incidence rate of melanoma skin cancer in the country. There are several risk factors which include, but are not limited to:

  • Being fair skinned
  • A history of blistering sunburns at a young age
  • Having certain genes linked to melanoma
  • Environmental risk factors (radiation, solvents, polyvinyl chloride and PCBs)

MELANOMA IS KNOWN AS THE MOST AGGRESSIVE TYPE OF SKIN CANCER.

Melanoma is often diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 50 years old and is usually found by the patient or a loved one. While associated with sunburns, melanoma can also originate in areas of the body not typically exposed to sunlight, such as the eye. Melanoma is known as the most aggressive type of skin cancer because of its ability to spread to other areas of the body, also known as metastasis. Certain tests may be performed at diagnosis, including a biopsy of the lesion and surrounding tissue, a blood test known as LDH, and genetic testing of the tumor itself. Subsequently, a diagnosis with specific staging of the disease can be made with recommendations for treatment. Treatment for melanoma varies and depends on the stage of disease. Research has proven that a new class of drugs known as immunotherapy, can be extremely effective in fighting this disease without the side effects other treatments can carry.

At Salish Cancer Center, we treat patients who have been diagnosed with melanoma at all stages of their care. For some, this is their first time undergoing treatment, while for others the cancer may be reoccurring, or they are seeking a second opinion. Our medical oncologists work with many outside physicians, such as surgeons, radiation oncologists and dermatologists, who may also play a role in your cancer care.

FEATURING AN INTEGRATIVE AND INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH TO MELANOMA TREATMENT.

Patients throughout the Northwest travel to experience our unique integrative model of care, which also includes naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Native Healing. Our Naturopathic doctors meet with each patient to discuss dietary interventions, supplements and lifestyle recommendations that may further advance the efficacy of conventional treatment, prevent and treat side effects, and strengthen the immune system. A treatment plan is tailored to each patient and is modified when pertinent changes occur. This personalized approach is an important example of what makes Salish Cancer Center a unique healing environment for our patients and their caregivers.
For more detailed information on melanoma, potential treatments, or to learn more about our services, please continue reading through our site and see the Resources section below.

We accept most insurance plans, and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. All pertinent records must be received by our clinic before your appointments are scheduled so that we may give you our most well informed recommendations.

Our caring support staff is available by phone to answer questions and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with melanoma, exploring further options, or would like a second opinion, the combined expertise of the physician team at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.

Helpful Links for Melanoma Patients and Caregivers

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

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Being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is less likely than many other types of cancer in the U.S., but because there are often few early signs and symptoms, it is usually diagnosed in an advanced stage. Only nine percent of people with pancreatic cancer have their tumors surgically removed due to it being discovered early enough in its course. Rather, most treatment is aimed at controlling its spread and maintaining the health of surrounding tissues.

To better understand the course of symptoms and prognosis, it is helpful to realize the function of the pancreas and from where your tumor originated. The pancreas has several jobs. First, it functions as a complementary organ to the digestive system, secreting enzymes necessary to break down your food for absorption. It also functions as an endocrine gland, secreting hormones that help regulate your metabolism, such as insulin. Eighty-five percent of all pancreatic cancers are called pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas.This means they originate in the ducts of the pancreas that secrete digestive enzymes. Less than five percent of tumors form in the endocrine glands.

There are risk factors correlated with pancreatic cancer, but not everyone with these risk factors will acquire the disease, nor will those without them be spared from it. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to maintain your health with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, especially when it comes to diet and supplementing with specific nutrients or enzymes you may be lacking. The physician team at Salish Cancer Center has expertise to help you fight and control the disease, as well as guide you toward optimal health and wellness while undergoing treatment.

FEATURING AN INTEGRATIVE AND INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH TO PANCREATIC CANCER TREATMENT.

Once you have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and know the stage, a treatment plan will be decided upon between you and your oncologist. It may include a chemotherapy regimen, surgery, chemoradiation, targeted therapy or a clinical trial. At Salish Cancer Center, our doctors understand that you and your family will have many questions throughout your care as changes occur. Making sure you are comfortable with your decisions and maintaining your trust in us, as providers, are our primary goals. You will meet with both a medical oncologist and a naturopathic integrative oncologist throughout your care. They will be available to answer questions and help you learn more about your condition and options. We also offer acupuncture and Native Healing services, which are both respected for their unique benefits to cancer patients. We encourage you to inquire about these services if you are interested in learning more.

For more detailed information on pancreatic cancer, potential treatments or to learn more about our services, please continue reading through our site and see the Resources section below.

Most insurance plans are accepted, and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. All pertinent records must be received by our clinic before your appointments are scheduled so that we may give you our most well informed recommendations.

Our caring support staff is available by phone to answer questions and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, exploring further options or would like a second opinion, the combined expertise of the physician team at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.

Latest Treatments and Research

Prostate Cancer Treatment

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Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men in the US, affecting one in seven men in their lifetime. Although a diagnosis of any type of cancer can be life changing, the fact is that most men diagnosed with prostate cancer die of other causes. Depending on the volume of cancer in the prostate and aggressiveness of the tumor, a variety of treatment recommendations exist. The prognosis is better if the cancer has not spread outside of the prostate. Statistics state that over 90% of newly diagnosed prostate cancers have not spread. The key is catching cancer early enough to prevent its spread. At Salish Cancer Center, our clinicians are experienced in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer at all stages.

AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENT.

The integrative approach used at Salish allows the providers and patients to determine the level of treatment most appropriate for each person. Some cases of low-grade prostate cancer respond well to diet and herbal medicines alone, whereas other cases benefit from more aggressive care. Each case is different and our providers can help find the best type of treatment for each person.

For those diagnosed with a more advanced or aggressive type of prostate cancer, immediate control of the disease is necessary. Our experienced and caring medical oncologists work together as a team, along with other care providers such as urologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists, to develop the safest and most appropriate treatment plan for you. At Salish Cancer Center, ultimately you decide what treatment you are most comfortable with, and we are here to work with you and your other care providers to carry out that plan.

YOUR TREATMENT WILL FEATURE AN INDIVIDUALIZED CARE PLAN.

As a new patient to our center with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, you can expect to meet with both a medical oncologist and a naturopathic doctor. Your history and any lab work and imaging will be reviewed and discussed in the context of a treatment plan. Some people are interested in a second opinion and others are certain they want to be treated here from the start. Subsequently, an individualized, integrative care plan is developed, and steps to begin treatment are immediately set into motion. You can expect that each time you visit our Center our practitioners will have met as a group that morning to discuss your case, ensuring we are all in alignment with your care throughout the time you are a patient here.

Most health insurance plans are accepted, and our financial counselor is available to discuss pricing and fees before your first visit. All pertinent records must be received by our clinic before your appointments are scheduled so that we may give you our most well-informed recommendations.

For more detailed information on prostate cancer types, potential treatments, or to learn more about our services, please continue reading through our site and visit the Resources page for helpful tools and information.

Our caring support staff is available by phone to answer questions and schedule consultations. Whether you are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, exploring further options, or would like a second opinion, the combined expertise of the physician team at Salish Cancer Center is here for you.

A Comprehensive Guide to Prostate Cancer

Treatment Options for Localized Prostate Cancer

Integratively Treating Other Cancer Types

AT SALISH CANCER CENTER, WE DIAGNOSE AND TREAT MANY FORMS OF CANCER.

From the more common cancers, such as breast and prostate cancer, to rarer diseases, such as brain cancer and cancers of the oral cavity, our oncologists and care professionals are experienced and passionate about cancer treatment. Our integrative and individualized cancer care philosophy make Salish Cancer Center a premier destination for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

  • Endometrial / Uterine Cancer
  • Kidney (Renal Cell And Renal Pelvis) Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Liver And Intrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Thyroid Cancer – Papillary, Follicular, Hurthle

To learn more about the cancers we treat, our treatment options, or our oncologists and medical team of professionals, contact us at 253-382-6300.