Although many forms of bone cancer originate with different types of cancer, the primary forms of bone cancer include malignant fibrous histiocytoma, osteosarcoma, and Ewing sarcoma. Our state-of-the art PET F18 Bone Survey can help detect the presence of bone cancer.
Tumors in the brain can be malignant or benign and can occur at any age. Only malignant tumors are cancerous.
Hodgkin’s disease originates in the white blood cells and spreads from one lymph node group to another. Although both leukemia and Hodgkin’s disease cause lymph node swelling, other early symptoms of Hodgkin’s unexplained weight loss, itchy skin and enlargement of the spleen. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma includes any cancer of the lymphoma that occurs outside the Hodgkin lymphoma. Saint Francis offers a range of treatments for Hodgkin’s disease including radiation and chemotherapy.
A cancer of the blood cells, leukemia occurs when the growth and development of the blood cells are abnormal. Leukemia is often used to characterize a broad range of cancers that affect the blood, bone marrow or lymphoid system. Although this disease affects children, adults account for 90% of all cases. We offer blood tests, surgical biopsies and other tests to detect leukemia.
Multiple Myeloma is a malignancy of plasma cells that typically involves multiple sites within the bone morrow and secretes all or part of a monoclonal antibody. Although they are different diseases, multiple myeloma shares many characteristics with myeloid leukemia.
Pancreatic cancer, which is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, is caused by transformed cells in pancreatic tissue. Survival rates for pancreatic cancer are low. Of those diagnosed with this disease only 25% will survive the first year and 6% will survive five years. Saint Francis Medical Center screens and diagnoses the presence of pancreatic cancer in its earliest stages. Early symptoms can include abdominal pain, lower back pain, and jaundice.
The most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanoma is most common in people with fair skin but can occur in people with all skin colors. Most melanomas present as a dark mole-like spot that spreads and, unlike a mole, has an irregular border. The tendency toward melanoma may be inherited, and the risk increases with overexposure to the sun and sunburn.
Testicular cancer occurs in the male sex organ (the testicle), which normally produces the hormone testosterone.
Saint Francis Medical Center uses the latest in medical technology to detect and treat bone cancer, Hodgkin’s Disease, leukemia, and other cancers, including:
- CyberKnife® Robotic RadioSurgery System
- PET F18 Bone Survey
- da Vinci® S HD™ System
Our cancer fighting team offers several treatments, including;
- Biological drug therapy
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Frameless stereotactic radiosurgery
Saint Francis Medical Center offers the I Can Cope program to leukemia, Hodgkin’s Disease and other cancer patients and their families. This program gives patients an opportunity to share their concerns with others having similar experiences and to help them design ways to cope with the challenges that arise from a cancer diagnosis. Speakers include healthcare professionals in cancer management. Videos, print materials and discussions provide up-to-date information for patients and their families and friends.
I Can Cope meets the third Wednesday of every month from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Saint Francis Cancer Institute. To learn more about I Can Cope, call 573-334-2230.