Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are the most common types of cancer therapy. At UVA, you'll find advanced treatments, too.
Chemotherapy treats many types of cancer. Chemotherapy chemicals kill cancer cells and stop their growth. Learn about the power and side effects of chemotherapy.
Often, cancer patients need to take medicine through an IV. This process can take time. You might need to go on a regular basis. We've designed our rooms to offer warmth and comfort during infusion therapy.
Radiation kills cancer cells and stops them from spreading. We can target high doses of radiation to a tumor and spare your healthy tissue.
- External radiation targets tumors from outside your body
- Internal radiation puts radioactive material inside your body
At UVA, we have radiation technology you won't find everywhere. These therapies save your healthy tissue while destroying tumors:
Surgery aims to remove tumors and cancer cells from the body.
Less-invasive techniques for some surgeries lessen scarring, pain, and recovery times.These methods use video cameras and robotics for some of our procedures.
These high-tech options result in highly accurate operations that cause less pain.
Ask your surgeon about their experience performing the surgery. Find out if a less-invasive option exists. At UVA, we specialize in surgical procedures for cancers of the:
Cancer treatments vary in the way they kill cancer cells. Photodynamic therapy uses light waves. Cryotherapy uses ice. Immunotherapy uses your body’s own immune system to target and kill cancer cells.
Stem Cell Transplant
We can treat blood cancers, blood disorders, and other disease by replacing stem cells. New stem cells create healthy cells in your body. This interrupts the cancer's progress.
Learn about stem cell transplant.
Dealing With Stress & Pain
Cancer and its treatments can both cause pain and other physical discomfort. Palliative care providers work with you to ease symptoms and find relief.
Nurses, navigators, therapists, nutritionists, and other specialists offer support. They're here to help you cope with the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual effects of cancer and treatment.
Massage therapy, yoga, mindfulness - a number of things can help you deal with the stress of going through cancer treatment. Find support.