Akron General now offers minimally invasive surgery using the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Not all procedures are appropriate for robotic surgery. Learn more about robotic surgery at Akron General and view a list of physicians currently performing robotic procedures.
Robotic Surgery at Akron General
For more information about Akron General's McDowell Cancer Center, services, physicians and how to get a referral, call 330-344-HOPE (4673).
Treatment for cancer may include various methods, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and others. For information about Akron General's McDowell Cancer Center, our services and programs, call 330-344-HOPE (4763).
Surgery is usually the first-line treatment for breast cancer. Surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists work together to ensure the most comprehensive care for our patients. Surgical breast cancer options at Akron General Medical Center include lumpectomy, mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. These can be combined with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and various combinations of therapies.
Akron General's McDowell Cancer Center is now offering an innovative therapy that combines lumpectomy with a radiation technique. It's called MammoSite Radiation Therapy System (MammoSite RTS®) and involves only partial breast irradiation. After removal of the tumor, treatment is delivered right to the cancer site through a radioactive "seed," a method called brachytherapy. This type of technique has been used to treat prostate cancer for many years, but is now offering good results for breast cancer patients and a reduced treatment time. Cleared for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2002, the treatment is appropriate for patients without lymph node involvement.
Akron General Reflections Breast Health Center
Akron General Reflections Breast Health Center offers convenient and comfortable surroundings for mammography, but goes one step further in the early detection of breast cancer. Additional services are available for patients with abnormal diagnostic mammograms or breast conditions requiring surgical evaluation.
Akron General Reflections Breast Health Center
Women in need of a diagnostic mammogram who cannot afford one and do not have health insurance, may qualify for a free mammogram through the Muffins for Mammograms program. Call 330-344-BRST (2778) for more information.
Head, Neck and Central Nervous System
For surgeries involving tumors of the head, neck or central nervous system, Akron General's skilled surgical specialists work collaboratively with radiation oncologists, ear, nose and throat specialists and neurologists to pin point and remove operable cancers.
Our patients benefit from the cutting-edge precision of the Brain Lab. This technology uses a CAT scan or MRI to precisely map the coordinates of the brain, back and other areas of the head before procedures to treat tumors. Because no two people are the same and differences are measured in millimeters, this state-of-the-art equipment means safety and better results for our patients.
Surgical patients are usually referred to a surgeon by their physicians. If you have cancer, talk to your oncologist about treatment options that are right for you.
Liver Cancer Treatment
Liver Cancer Surgery
Being told that you have liver cancer is a trying and challenging time for you and your family. At Akron General, our liver cancer specialists understand what you’re going through and strive every day to work collaboratively with patients and their families, from diagnosis throughout the treatment process.
For patients who have liver cancer, there are several treatment options available, as well as combinations of therapies. For more information about liver cancer treatment options available at Akron General’s McDowell Cancer Center, call 330-344-HOPE (4673).
The surgical resection of liver cancer tumors can render a patient cancer free and is often the primary treatment option for most liver cancer patients. Highly specialized surgeons work closely with patients’ oncologists to pinpoint the location of primary liver cancer tumors (liver cancer that originated in the liver) or metastases, which are liver cancer tumors that spread to the liver from cancer located elsewhere in the body, such as breast cancer or leukemia.
Expanding on our ability to identify the exact location of liver cancer tumors, Akron General surgeons have successfully operated with the assistance of an innovative and novel surgical navigation system called Explorer. This advanced medical device allows surgeons to navigate the liver using three-dimensional medical images and provides surgeons with accurate organ measurements. Akron General is the only hospital in Ohio with access to the Explorer system, which means that patients with liver cancer living in the Akron, Canton, Cleveland and Youngstown areas do not need to travel far in order to benefit from state-of-the-art technology.
Adding to Akron General’s expertise, Kevin Lowe, MD, PhD, is one of the area’s only surgeon who is fellowship-trained in Hepatobiliary Surgery. Dr. Lowe holds certification through the American Hepatopancreatobiliary Association (AHPBA) and serves as the Director of Hepatobiliary Service. He specializes in liver and pancreatic resections and was the first surgeon in Ohio to use the Explorer system. In many cases, Dr. Lowe is able to use minimally-invasive robotic surgery techniques, which minimize pain and scarring, while reducing a patient’s hospital stay. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lowe call 330-344-4800.
Minimally-invasive liver cancer treatment options In addition to surgical treatment options, patients with liver cancer can benefit from a combination of treatment options, including minimally-invasive bead therapy. While it is not a primary treatment option, bead therapy can be used to supplement the patient’s primary treatment and is an option for patients with metastatic liver cancer or inoperable liver cancer. Bead therapy supplies targeted radiation to shrink or kill cancer cells.
Following an initial planning angiogram, an interventional radiologist, like David Isaacs, DO, injects tiny polymer beads containing a radioisotope into the arteries feeding the tumor in order to deliver targeted radiation without affecting other organs. The beads will release the targeted radiation over a few weeks. When finished, the beads can remain in the liver without causing any danger or pain.
Bead therapy, which uses the radioactive isotope Y-90, adds to interventional radiology's nonsurgical advances for liver cancer. Other nonsurgical treatment options include chemoembolization, radiofrequency ablation and cryoablation.
Chemoembolization allows cancer-fighting chemotherapy medications to be applied directly to the tumor, via its supplying artery. Chemoembolization can be sometimes a better option than traditional chemotherapy because stronger doses of cancer-fighting medications can be applied directly to the site and the medication is sometimes able to work for longer periods of time with fewer side effects. In addition, radiofrequency ablation uses heat to kill or shrink cancer cells, while cryoablation freezes the tumor.
For patients, these nonsurgical treatment options offer a less invasive approach, which means patients will spend less time in the hospital and have faster recovery times. In fact, some of these treatment options are offered on an outpatient basis. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Isaacs, who completed a fellowship in interventional radiology at the Cleveland Clinic, call 330-344-6450.
More liver cancer treatment options
Other treatment options for liver cancer can include chemotherapy and radiation.
Chemotherapy can treat a broad range of cancers, including liver cancer. Chemotherapy, which can be used in combination with other treatment options, attacks the growing cancer cells. Our cancer specialists work to minimize chemotherapy side effects, such as nausea, through the use of medications in order to keep our patients as comfortable as possible.
Akron General offers a comfortable and convenient outpatient setting for chemotherapy in the outpatient treatment center. Located on the first floor of the Physicians' Office Building, patients are able to relax with their family members while waiting outdoors or inside.
About half of all cancer patients, including those with liver cancer, will receive some type of radiation therapy as part of their treatment plan. Radiation can shrink the size of liver cancer tumors prior to surgery or can be used to kill remaining cancer cells following surgery. Most radiation therapy is performed on the first floor of Akron General Medical Center.
There are also other treatment options for patients with liver cancer, including targeted therapies, intra-arterial chemoembolization and liver transplantation. In addition, we are always finding new ways to treat liver cancer and offer patients access to a wide range of clinical trials.
Lung, Chest Wall and Mesothelioma
Akron General surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists work together to treat thoracic tumors of the lung, respiratory tract and more. Akron General offers a new bronchoscopic technology that allows pulmonologists to take a sample of lung nodules for diagnosis. This less invasive procedure reduces or eliminates the need for traditional surgery during the diagnosis process.
Frequently combinations of treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapies, clinical trials, radiation therapy and biological or immunotherapy are used for better results and to help manage pain. Medical oncologists can create an individualized treatment plan depending on the patient's stage of cancer, treatment needs and preferences.
Surgical patients are usually referred to a surgeon by their physicians. If you have cancer, talk to all your physicians about treatment options that are right for you.
Melanoma is completely curable when detected early. Sometimes surgery is required to ensure all traces of this type of skin cancer are removed. Surgical specialists work with dermatologists, oncologists and plastic surgeons, when needed, to evaluate the nodal spread, remove skin cancers, like melanoma, preserve healthy tissue, prevent additional growth and produce better cosmetic results. Immunotherapy and sometimes chemotherapy and other treatments may also be used in combination with surgery to reduce the risk of melanoma cancer cells spreading.
Surgical patients are usually referred to a surgeon by their physicians. If you have melanoma, talk to your dermatologist about treatment options that are right for you.
Ovarian and Uterine
When there's a diagnosis of gynecologic cancer, Akron area residents don't have to travel far to find exceptional cancer care. Our experienced gynecologic oncologists provide comprehensive cancer treatment that may includes minimally invasive options, such as laparoscopic tumor-reduction to remove ovarian and uterine tumors. Gynecologic cancers can also be treated using chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies, clinical trials and more.
Patients are usually referred to a surgeon by their physician or gynecologist. If you have cancer, talk to your gynecologic oncologist about treatment options that are right for you.
Prostate, Kidney and Bladder
Akron General urologists work closely with oncologists and radiation oncologists to treat cancer of the prostate, kidney, bladder, urinary tract and more. Early treatment generally includes surgical removal of tumors, then hormonal therapy, radiation therapy for prostate cancer specifically, and immuno modalities or chemotherapy for renal cancer.
Robotic Surgery for Urologic Procedures
Akron General now offers minimally invasive urologic surgery, including prostatectomy, using the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Not all procedures are appropriate for robotic surgery. Learn more about robotic surgery at Akron General and view a list of physicians currently performing robotic procedures.
Robotic Surgery at Akron General
Surgical patients are usually referred to a surgeon by their physicians. If you have cancer, talk to your urologist or oncologist about treatment options that are right for you.
Sarcoma/Soft Tissue Tumors
Surgery is the most common treatment for adult sarcoma or soft tissue cancers. Sarcomas and soft tissue cancers can be found in the bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels or other connective or supportive tissues. Akron General's orthopaedic oncologist works with other cancer specialists, plastic surgeons, and rehab specialists to treat diseased tissue and restore or improve function.
Patients are usually referred to a surgeon by their physicians. If you have sarcoma or soft tissue cancer, talk to your oncologists about treatment options that are right for you.
Stomach, Esophagus, Bowel and Pancreatic
Surgery is usually a first treatment considered for gastrointestinal cancers. Skilled surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and gastroenterologists work together at Akron General Medical Center to treat patients with intestinal, pancreatic, colorectal, stomach and other gastrointestinal cancers.
Combinations of treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy targeted therapies, clinical trials, biological therapies or immunotherapy are used for overall survival and to help manage pain. Medical oncologists create an individualized treatment plan depending on the patient's stage of cancer, treatment needs and preferences.
Patients are usually referred to a surgeon by their physicians. If you have cancer, talk to your oncologist or gastroenterologist about treatment options that are right for you.
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