Treatment & Education

Treatment Methods

Radiation Therapy

This treatment delivers high level energy rays that alter cancer cells, stopping their ability to multiply, eventually killing the cancer cells.

Image-Guided & Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy

Radiation system that delivers carefully calculated beams of intense radiation directed to the nucleus of the tumor itself; allowing healthy tissue around the area to be spared which help reduce side effects; calculations optimize beam shape intensity to match the size and shape of the patients tumor.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Non-invasive way to treat brain tumors and arteriovenous malformations; finely collimated radiation beams use arcs to deliver single, high-dose treatment.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

This is a technique that precisely targets radiation to a tumor of small to moderate size in a single or limited number of treatments while minimizing adjacent normal tissue.

The Link Between Nutrition and Cancer

A poor and unbalanced diet contributes to the development of many human cancers, according to Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center director William Nelson. Obesity associated with a poor diet is a major risk factor for cancer.

Experts at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center recommend a balanced diet as a way of reducing cancer risk. They recommend eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and limiting red and processed meats. A balanced nutritious diet, healthy weight, physical activity, and avoiding alcoholic drinks may prevent as many as 1/3 of all cancers.

The World Cancer Research Fund – American Institute for Cancer Research report Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective, published in November 2007 is considered by cancer prevention experts to be an authoritative source of information on diet, physical activity and cancer. Their recommendations for cancer prevention and for good health in general are:

  • Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods (particularly processed foods high in added sugar, or low in fiber, or high in fat).
  • Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.
  • Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.
  • If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.
  • Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).
  • Don’t use supplements to protect against cancer. Experts at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center recommend that people meet their nutritional needs through their food choices.