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Cancer Treatment Services

Cancer treatment may include transfusions, fluid or medication infusions, chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Cancer patients in the active phase of treatment may require many or all these cancer treatments. About half of the cancer patients treated at Rochester General Hospital receive both chemotherapy and radiation. State of the art medical equipment, advanced cancer treatment techniques and highly skilled personnel enable patients to have complete, up-to-date therapy at Rochester General.


Cancer Radiation Therapy

cancer treatment - radiationThis cancer treatment uses high energy x-rays to help stop cancer cells from growing and to decrease their ability to divide. Radiation therapy is carefully planned with the point of treatment being to deliver as much radiation as possible to the cancer cells while limiting damage to healthy cells.  There are two ways to deliver radiation therapy. External Beam radiation uses a linear accelerator to deliver radiation from outside of the body. Internal radiation therapy (Brachytherapy) uses radioactive sources that are placed into the body. Radiation therapy may or may not be a part of your cancer treatment plan.  More on Radiation Therapy 

cancer treatment - chemotherapy

Chemotherapy – Medical Oncology

This cancer treatment is the use of drugs to control the growth of cancer.  There are many different drugs used today, each fighting cancer cells in different ways.  Chemotherapy can be used alone, along with surgery and/or with radiation. Chemotherapy can be given by orally (by mouth), intravenously (infusion into the vein) and by injection (a shot). Each of these is offered in our newly renovated infusion suite which has been designed to provide a comfortable, pleasant and safe setting for delivery of chemotherapy and other infusions.


cancer treatmentHematology is the medical specialty that deals with malignant and nonmalignant disease of the blood. The Center for Blood Disorders treats acute and chronic leukemias, Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes and all other hematologic disorders. Medical Oncology and Hematology are a combined unit of the Lipson Cancer Center.


Surgical Oncology

cancer treatment75% of cancer patients require involvement by a surgeon during their disease.  The surgeon may assist with cancer diagnosis or staging; the cancer patient may undergo surgery which alone or in combination with radiation and/or chemotherapy may lead to cure. Operations may provide palliation and improved quality of life by reducing an incurable cancer patient’s suffering from pain, bleeding, vomiting or jaundice.  Surgeons play important roles in reconstruction after cancer resection, cancer prevention (e.g., prophylactic mastectomy), adjuvant procedures for non-surgical cancer therapy (e.g., vascular access) and treatment of complications of chemotherapy and radiation. 


Rochester General Hospital is a national leader in the use of the da Vinci surgical robot for oncological surgery including gynecologic, urologic and colorectal procedures. These robotic-assisted minimally invasive procedures can benefit patients with less pain, discomfort, blood loss and a quicker return to normal activities.

Learn more about robotic surgery & procedures at Rochester General Hospital