At Dignity Health Medical Foundation—Woodland and Davis, our patients have access to advanced medical care right in their own backyard, so they can focus on healing.
Meet Our Team
Our multidisciplinary team of oncology providers are part of the Dignity Health Cancer Institute of Greater Sacramento, with access to a number of regional resources. Our team members include:
Cancers We Treat
Our oncologists collaborate with experts in all other departments to determine the most appropriate treatment option for your individual needs and to deliver seamlessly coordinated care. Our oncologists have experience treating many types of cancer including but not limited to:
- Blood cancers
- Bone cancer
- Brain cancer
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Gynecologic cancer
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Skin cancer
Cancer Care Services
Hematology/medical oncology—the use of medicines to treat cancer—has seen great advancements in recent years and offers a variety of new, precise and personalized treatments. Often used in conjunction with other therapies, such as radiation oncology, medical oncology is a valuable tool in helping your chances for a successful outcome.
The term chemotherapy is used to describe medications that shrink or destroy cancerous tissue, prevent its return after surgery or relieve symptoms caused by the cancer. Depending on the cancer type, chemotherapy may be given by injection, IV or pill. Patients receive chemotherapy weekly or monthly, depending on the type of medication and the type of cancer. We sometimes combine chemotherapy with radiation therapy or follow-up surgery.
A subtype of chemotherapy is hormone therapy. Some hormones stimulate cancer cells to grow. Hormonal therapies may work to decrease the amount of hormone produced by the body or they may block the action of the hormones on cancer cells. Several types of cancer can be treated with hormone therapy including prostate cancer, breast cancer and endometrial cancer. We may combine this type of cancer treatment with others to deliver the best possible outcome.
Biological therapy is another subtype of chemotherapy that has seen tremendous growth in recent years. It refers to drugs biologically engineered to target a certain cancer. Some biological therapies use vaccines or bacteria to stimulate the body’s immune system to act against cancer cells. Others, such as antibodies or segments of genetic material target the cancer cells directly. Still others inhibit nutrients required by the cancer cell.
Radiation therapy works to damage the DNA of cancer cells and cause them to die or reproduce more slowly. An important goal of radiation oncology is to specifically target cancer cells and spare healthy tissue. To do that, radiation oncologists use a range of medical imaging technologies including X-ray, MRI, CT and PET to precisely locate cancer sites. They then deploy radiation therapies to destroy even very small tumors with unprecedented accuracy.
Our oncology department goes beyond just fighting cancer cells. We provide support services to help heal the whole self—mind, body and spirit—and to help you navigate the emotional, physical and logistical challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis.