Oncology

At MedCart Specialty Pharmacy, we understand that living with cancer and its treatment is one of the toughest things anyone will ever do. It’s our goal to make it just a little bit easier.

Our dedicated team of experts works with both physicians and patients to make sure the often complicated medication regimen is properly managed. This can improve treatment outcomes and reduce costs.

Cancer Basics

According to the American Cancer Society, one-half of all men and one-third of all women in the United States will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Millions of people today live with cancer — or are survivors.

Cancer encompasses more than 100 diseases that begin because abnormal cells somewhere in the body begin to grow out of control. Especially if left untreated, cancer cells can invade other tissues in the body. Although most cancer cells form a tumor others, like leukemia, are related to the blood and organs that form and circulate blood.

Every cancer can spread and evolve differently, and each one requires treatment specific to the type of cancer, how far it’s progressed and the needs of each patient.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Cancer can cause symptoms that vary depending on the type of cancer. But to confirm a diagnosis, tests need to be done. These may include imaging tests such as mammography, endoscopy to look inside the body with a scope, or blood tests to check for tumor markers — signs that cancer may be present in the body. A biopsy of cell or tissue samples that are examined under a microscope is almost always performed to confirm the diagnosis and may help determine the ideal treatment approach.

There are many different kinds of cancer treatment and they’re often used in combination. Physicians review the treatment options thoroughly with patients to help them make the best possible decision.

Surgery is among the most common treatment options, especially if the cancer is diagnosed early and can be completely removed. Chemotherapy medication is often used in addition to surgery, as is radiation therapy. There’s also targeted therapy, a relatively new option that uses drugs to pinpoint and kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact, and immunotherapy, which uses each patient’s immune system to help fight cancer. Bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants, hormonal treatments and laser therapy are among the other options.

Making the right decision about cancer treatment is a very personal one for each patient. It’s important that patients ask their doctor about each treatment option, what they can expect in terms of side effects and outcomes, and any other information they need to make the best choice with their doctor’s guidance.