Oncology at Summerlin Hospital – Advanced Care and Treatment

Adults and children get specialized cancer treatment at Summerlin Hospital and the Children’s Medical Center at Summerlin Hospital. The oncology teams for both programs are trained to help guide patients and their families through all stages of cancer care.

The team at the Cancer Center at Summerlin Hospital may include:

  • A nurse navigator to guide you through the treatment process
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists
  • Case managers
  • Physical therapists
  • Chaplains
  • Medical, surgical and radiation oncologists
  • Oncology nurses
  • Registered dietitians
  • Child-life specialists
  • Patient and family advisors

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Cancer Treatment Services

Doctors and nursesDepending on the type and stage of cancer, treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of treatment. Treatments are targeted to help stop the growth of cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed.

New drugs may provide effective cancer treatment options with fewer side effects than traditional therapy. In addition, medicines may provide new options for patients whose tumors are resistant to other therapies.

Personalized treatment plans may include:

  • Biological therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Clinical trials

Chemotherapy

There are many types of chemotherapy and they work in different ways. Chemotherapy may be given as a pill, an injection or through an infusion into a vein (IV). Intravenous drug therapies are prepared on-site by specially trained pharmacists and are given by skilled nurses. Chemotherapy can be provided on an outpatient basis or as an inpatient in the Infusion Unit.

Surgery

Surgery may be part of cancer treatment. Surgeons perform a high volume of advanced procedures for both common and rare cancers. Surgeons may perform advanced surgical procedures using robotics, such as:

  • Laparoscopic procedures and minimally invasive techniques
  • Organ and skin-sparing techniques
  • Procedures for gastrointestinal and genitourinary cancers
  • Fertility-sparing surgery
  • Prophylactic procedures for patients with high risk factors
  • Robot-assisted procedures for gynecologic and prostate cancers and nephrectomy

Radiation Therapy and Clinical Trials

Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays or particles to kill cancer cells. Radiation may come from outside the body with beams aimed at the cancer or from a source implanted inside the body. Clinical trials may be available.

Clinical trials are research studies that test new drugs and procedures that are not yet available as standard treatments. All new treatments start as clinical trials. Ask your doctor about clinical trials if you are interested.

Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society® reports that about 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer in her lifetime. Finding breast cancer early saves lives.

The Breast Care Center at Summerlin Hospital is here for patients with symptoms of breast cancer. We also help patients who need an annual screening to stay on top of breast health. We offer 3D mammograms and the SmartCurve™ breast system for more comfortable screenings.

If a patient has breast cancer, their doctor will review surgical options. Options range from breast conserving treatments like lumpectomy to mastectomy. Our breast cancer services include:

  • Breast biopsy
  • Breast diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mammogram review
  • Mastectomy
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic breast surgery
  • Radiofrequency marker or wire localization
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy

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Colorectal Cancer Treatment

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women. It is the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. This type of cancer may have no symptoms. That’s why you should talk to your doctor about when to begin screenings.

HIFU Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Summerlin Hospital offers high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology for prostate cancer. We were the first hospital in Nevada to provide this treatment. HIFU is a minimally invasive procedure that offers reduced side effects compared to traditional cancer treatments. It can help patients maintain quality of life after treatment.

The process destroys prostate cancer with precision by focusing sound waves to a targeted spot. The heat created from the interaction between sound waves and cancerous tissue destroys the cancer cells. HIFU is a one-time outpatient procedure. No radiation is involved.

Inpatient Cancer Care

If you are admitted to the hospital, your oncologist will direct your treatment and work with the inpatient care team. The team may include the resident doctor, primary nurse, case manager, dietitian, physical therapist and social worker. Your primary nurse will coordinate your care and talk regularly with your doctor.