Treatments & Services

Your comprehensive treatment program will be customized to take into account the kind of cancer you have, the stage of the cancer's growth, its location, your overall health and your personal preferences. Highly trained staff, proven techniques and the most advanced technologies are used by our expert oncologists to obtain the best possible outcomes for you.

The most common and effective treatments for cancer include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Targeted therapy: Certain drugs that attack specific abnormalities within cancer cells
  • Biologic therapy: Substances made by the body or made in a laboratory are used to boost, direct or restore the body's natural defenses against cancer or to specifically shut down its division. This treatment uses knowledge specific to each cancer to eliminate it.

No alternative medicines have been discovered which help treat cancer. But complementary and alternative therapies may help you manage the most common side effects of cancer treatment, especially fatigue. These therapies include gentle exercise, stress management and other relaxation strategies.

If routine exams or tests ever suggest the possibility of a recurrence of your cancer, imaging tests such as X-ray, computed tomography (CT or CAT scan), positron emission tomography (PET scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan), bone scan and/or biopsy may be ordered.

The Lakeshore Area Radiation Oncology Center, a cooperative effort of Holland Hospital, North Ottawa Health System, and Spectrum Health serves the lakeshore with convenient, technologically advanced and cost-effective radiation oncology.