Medical Oncology services at The C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital include chemotherapy, other therapies and clinical trials that treat cancer. A team of medical oncologists, physician assistants, medical oncology certified registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, pharmacists and laboratory and support staff provide medical oncology services to our patients. Individuals and families affected by a cancer diagnosis also have access to our medical oncology department’s interdisciplinary team.
Cancer occurs when cells in a part of the body start to grow out of control. In treating cancer the goal ultimate goal is to cure the disease or send it into remission, in which all the cancer cells disappear. If the cancer has spread to the point that cure is not possible, our medical oncology department will find treatments to relieve symptoms and extend life, both in terms of time and quality.
What is chemotherapy? Chemotherapy is the use of anti cancer drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy may also be used to destroy any cancerous cells that remain in the body after surgery, as well as to relieve symptoms or control tumor growth.
The C.R. Wood Cancer Center medical oncologists provide clinical trials for local cancer patients looking to take part in national clinical trials that provide the latest in chemotherapy and other cancer therapies. We work closely with the National Cancer Institute and other respected oncology organizations to provide the most effective clinical trials. Over the past five years, more than 300 cancer patients have participated in clinical trials at the C.R. Wood Cancer Center.