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:
- Radiation therapy
- 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
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
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
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.