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Medical Oncology

Chemotherapy and Infusion Services
Chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy are the main types of services utilized to treat cancer systemically.  The main difference between these treatment types is the way they target the cancer cells.
 
  • Chemotherapy is most often used to treat cancer, since cancer cells grow and multiply much more quickly than other cells in the body.  Chemotherapy uses drugs to target cells to either stop or slow the fast-growing cancer cells in the body. 
  • Immunotherapy is a type of biological therapy.  Immunotherapy is a treatment that uses medications to stimulate or suppress the body’s own immune system to help fight cancer by slowing, stopping, and killing cancer cells.
  • Targeted therapy is a type of cancer treatment that targets the changes in cancer cells that help them grow, divide, and spread.  Most types of targeted therapy help by interfering with specific proteins that help tumors grow and spread throughout the body.
  • Hormone therapy is a cancer treatment that blocks or changes hormones to slow or stop the growth of cancer that uses the body’s natural hormones to grow.  It stops the flood of hormones to the affected tissues and deprives the cancer of what it needs to grow.
To learn more about chemotherapy and infusion services, explore our Chemotherapy Education page. Our patients receive their systemic cancer treatment in a clinical setting called infusion centers.  Deaconess Infusion Centers have multiple sites to provide care for the patient close to home.  Infusion Centers are conveniently located at the following Deaconess facilities:
 
  • Deaconess Gateway Medical Office Building #4 in Newburgh, Indiana
  • Deaconess Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Kentucky
  • Deaconess Gibson Hospital in Princeton, Indiana
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