Chemotherapy & Immunotherapy

Hematology and Oncology Specialists located in East Lansing and Charlotte, MI

Chemotherapy & Immunotherapy services offered in East Lansing and Charlotte, MI

Advancements in cancer treatment mean there are now many more options, including chemotherapy and immunotherapy. At Red Cedar Oncology, with offices in East Lansing and Charlotte, Michigan, Carol Rapson, MD, and Anthony Brandau, DO, provide a community oncology clinic with comfortable private and semi-private infusion rooms where you can receive your treatment in peace. The clinic also has convenient parking and easy access to make repeated treatments less stressful. To learn more about chemotherapy and immunotherapy and how they can help treat your cancer, call Red Cedar Oncology or book an appointment online today.

Chemotherapy & Immunotherapy Q & A

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy treats cancer using powerful drugs that destroy fast-growing cells. These anti-cancer (cytotoxic) medications work well because cancer cells grow faster than other cells in your body. Your treatment may cure the disease, slow cancer growth, shrink the tumor, or stop cancer from spreading.

Chemotherapy can be a standalone treatment, or you may need it before and/or after surgery. Oncologists treat some types of cancer with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. If you have advanced cancer, your provider may use chemotherapy to ease your pain.

 

What is immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy uses substances developed from living organisms to boost immune system function. Your immune system protects you from disease by creating antibodies that destroy harmful invaders like viruses and bacteria.

However, your immune system has difficulties identifying cancerous growths. For example, some cancer cells produce proteins that interfere with the normal immune system response or deactivate your immune cells.

Immunotherapy provides your immune system with the means to overcome the defenses cancer cells use to fight the disease more effectively.

 

How do I take chemotherapy and immunotherapy?

You could take chemotherapy as an injection, pill, or liquid. If you have precancerous skin lesions, you may use a topical anti-cancer medication.

Sometimes, chemotherapy requires direct placement into a specific organ or body area, like the space around your spinal cord or into a blood vessel. However, the most common way to receive chemotherapy is through an intravenous (IV) infusion using a needle placed into an arm vein.

Immunotherapy also takes several different forms. Your Red Cedar Oncology provider can prescribe pills or capsules you swallow or a cream you rub into your skin. Or you might require intravenous (IV) immunotherapy, where the medication goes directly into your bloodstream via a cannula (slim tube) in an arm vein. 

 

Is chemotherapy or immunotherapy the best treatment for me?

The cancer treatment your Red Cedar Oncology provider recommends depends on factors such as:

  • The kind of cancer you have 
  • How it’s affecting you
  • Whether the cancer has spread to other areas
  • Your age
  • Any other health problems you have
  • Your preferences

Red Cedar Oncology cancer experts develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient that offers the best chance of success. Your treatment plan might include chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy, plus a range of other treatments, including radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy, and surgery.

To learn more about how chemotherapy and immunotherapy could help with your cancer treatment, call Red Cedar Oncology or book an appointment online today.