Medical oncology is a specialized field that focuses on treating cancer tumors with drugs (chemotherapy) and other therapies. Our specialists work closely with patients to develop the right course for them to treat their cancer and relieve their symptoms. We are also among only a small handful of preeminent cancer institutions in the country that offers gene therapy, one of the most important breakthroughs in cancer treatment research in the past decade.
Compassionate Chemotherapy Care for Thoracic Cancer in Michigan
Chemotherapy may be used to treat cancer by shrinking tumors or to relieve cancer symptoms and improve a patient’s quality of life.
We take a personalized approach with all of our patients, making sure we choose a course with the most benefit to them. We understand that cancer impacts patients in many ways. Some people may have poor nutrition or poor overall health, either from the emotional distress of their diagnosis or from their disease. We help all of our patients become healthier and build stronger immune systems through our free Survivorship Program.
If your cancer is incurable, we do everything we can to make you as comfortable as possible to improve your quality of life and prolong it.
Personalized Gene Therapy for Thoracic Cancer at Henry Ford
Our medical oncologists are paving the way for new cancer treatments with their research on personalized gene therapy. Missing or mutated genes are known to cause cancer or increase someone’s risk for developing cancer. With targeted gene therapy, we may be able to replace these genes with special genes to make patients more receptive to anti-cancer drugs. In the future, we may even be able to use gene therapy to kill cancer cells at the molecular level.
Chemotherapy at Henry Ford: What to Expect
In our thoracic cancer program, we deliver chemotherapy a number of ways.
- Intravenous (IV): The drug is injected into a vein with a needle using an IV. For patients who receive frequent chemotherapy treatments, we may insert a plastic tube called a catheter into your vein and leave it in until your sessions are over.
- Oral: The drug is taken by mouth, usually in a pill form.
- Injection: Drugs are injected into an artery, muscle, chest cavity (intrapleural) or directly into the tumor.
- Topical: Some drugs may be applied directly to the skin, usually as a cream.
Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Side effects can vary widely from patient to patient. They also vary with the type of chemotherapy drug being used. Common side effects include:
- Temporary hair loss (it grows back)
- Fatigue, or feeling very tired all the time
- Sun sensitivity
Make an Appointment
Josephine Ford Cancer Institute nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you make an appointment. Call (888)777-4167 to speak to one of our nurses now or fill out a request a consult form and you will be contacted within 24 hours.