Cancer specialties we offer
Breast cancer services
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. It is most commonly diagnosed in women, but men can get breast cancer, too. Currently, the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is a little less than one in eight.
Nothing turns a person's life upside down quite like the diagnosis of cancer. That's why, at Mercy Medical Group, we take a holistic approach to cancer treatment, caring for the whole person physically, emotionally and spiritually.. We will discuss your options with you and decide on the approach that offers you the best outcome.
Gynecologic cancer services
We provide comprehensive and cutting-edge care for women with gynecologic cancers in a convenient and comfortable environment. We are a leader in advanced technologies, including minimally invasive surgeries and provide access to the latest gynecological cancer clinical trials.
Women face a number of gynecologic cancers, including cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine (endometrial) cancer. As with other types of cancer, knowing your risk factors and staying current with recommended cancer screenings are essential for early detection and treatment.
Lung cancer services
Lung cancer often takes several years to develop and is rare in people under 45 years of age. However, lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death for men and women, outnumbering colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Our program focuses on providing the best possible outcomes with multispecialty care for patients diagnosed with even the most complex cases of lung cancer. Mercy Cancer Center - San Juan, CA is the only Mercy Medical Group clinic that offers lung cancer screenings.
Liver cancer services
Liver cancer starts in the cells of the liver. In the US, it is a fairly common cancer, affecting more than 39,000 adults each year. The most common form is hepatocellular carcinoma, which forms as many small cancerous nodules. The earlier you seek a diagnosis, the better the outcome is likely to be. Our team at Mercy Cancer Center - San Juan - Carmichael, CA will be with you every step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment, offering you a collaborative approach and exceptional care.
Surgical oncology services
Surgery is often a first-line treatment used to cure or treat symptoms of the disease by removing all or part of the cancer. Oftentimes, surgery is the best chance to cure cancer. This is especially the case with early-stage cancers that have not spread to other tissues or parts of the body. The goal of cancer surgery is to remove all cancer cells from your body. Your doctor may also recommend surgery even if only part of the cancer can be removed to improve the success of other treatments, such as radiation therapy, in attacking cancer cells.
Other reasons you might need surgery are:
- Prevention: Some people choose to remove an organ or body tissue without a cancer diagnosis if they are at high risk for developing cancer in the future. This is called prophylactic cancer treatment or surgery.
- Diagnosis: In some cases, a doctor confirms a tumor as malignant or benign after surgically removing and testing it.
- Staging: Tests done on the tissue removed during surgery can reveal the size of a tumor or whether it has spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body.
- Palliative care: Surgery may be used to reduce symptoms of advanced cancer, such as pain from a tumor pressing on a nerve.
Call (916) 863-8750 to schedule an appointment with a surgical oncologist.
Radiation oncology services
Radiation therapy works by damaging the DNA of cancerous cells, causing them to die or reproduce more slowly. A technique that was pioneered more than 100 years ago, the field has advanced tremendously in the past decade. New 3D imaging techniques, coupled with sophisticated planning software, have allowed radiation oncologists to localize and treat even small tumors with unprecedented accuracy.
We use radiation therapy in a variety of ways, depending on your specific diagnosis and the size of the cancer. We may use it:
- Before surgery, to shrink the tumor
- After surgery, to destroy any remaining cancer cells
- In combination with chemotherapy
- Stand-alone therapy
Typically, you receive daily radiation cancer treatments, Monday through Friday, for three to eight weeks, depending on the type of cancer. Side effects will vary based on the part of the body receiving radiation. Most side effects are temporary and you can work and remain active throughout radiation cancer treatments.
Call (916) 863-8700 to schedule an appointment with a radiation oncologist.