Cancer & Oncology
Cancer & Oncology

Cancer Care at WMH

Wyandot County Oncology Services

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a difficult experience, one that is hard for both the patient and their loved ones. Thankfully, cancer care is much more advanced than it used to be and survival rates are on the rise. Medical providers have learned that no one doctor can cure a patient’s cancer. It takes a team of multidisciplinary professionals working collaboratively to give each patient the dedicated care they need as they manage their disease and its symptoms.

The oncology team at Wyandot Memorial Hospital is here to provide you and your family with high quality care you can count on. The doctor and his team will work with you and your family to determine which treatment is best suited for you. We provide a comprehensive approach to meet all of your needs by including nutritional, rehabilitation and spiritual support, pain management and navigation of employment/financial paperwork. Through state-of-the-art treatments, an in-house chemotherapy department, and a team of experienced professionals, we are prepared to help you and your family through this difficult time.

What is Cancer?

Many people who have never been confronted with cancer only know the disease by its reputation, not how it actually works. Your cells are always reproducing- creating healthy cells that help your body function. Usually, this goes on until the end of a person’s lifespan, but sometimes a malfunctioning cell is born and begins creating more diseased cells. These cells then start attacking the healthy cells and take over the body. This is the true form of cancer.

Cancer can occur anywhere in the body. We do not yet know the exact cause of cancer, but family history can play a role. This is why it is important to know your family medical history and receive a cancer risk assessment. Diagnosing cancer in its early stages can make it easier to treat. Knowing when and how often you should receive screenings for various types of cancer is an important part of cancer prevention.

How We Can Stop Cancer

Cancer is not truly “cured” until every cancer cell has been destroyed. This is part of what makes treating cancer difficult. There are many ways to destroy cells, but very difficult to have these treatments target only the cancer cells. Destruction of healthy cells is the reason cancer treatment has many side effects. Fortunately, oncology research has advanced to the point where cancer treatments can be better targeted so that there is only minimal damage to healthy cells.

Some common cancer treatments include:

  • Chemotherapy – This is a medication administered through an IV directly to the cancer in the body. Chemotherapy is highly effective at killing cells, but it has a difficult time distinguishing between healthy cells and cancerous ones. Many patients receive additional treatment and medications to help deal with the side effects of chemotherapy.
  • Immunotherapy – This type of treatment uses the body’s immune system to fight the cancer. Given through an IV, these drugs alert your own immune cells to attack the cancer cells.
  • Surgery – In most forms of cancer, the cancer cells group together and create an abnormal tissue called a tumor. Tumors are dangerous because they can create pathways that allow the cancer to spread to other parts of the body. If a tumor can be removed through surgery, however, this can prevent the cancer from spreading and remove a majority of the cancer cells all at once.
  • Radiation Therapy – In radiation therapy, high doses of radiation are directed at the cancerous areas in the body to destroy the cancer cells. This treatment has been refined over the years so that it can now target cancerous areas with greater precision.

These are not all of the possible treatments for cancer, but they are some of the most common. In many cases, it takes a combination of cancer treatments to produce the desired results.

No matter what kind of cancer you or your loved one has been diagnosed with, our team is here to help you figure out your next steps.