Treating Cancer in Laredo, Texas
Doctors Regional Cancer Treatment Center has been providing oncology services to the communities we serve for more than thirty years. Our expert team has helped guide patients and their families through all stages of cancer treatment, diagnosis and recovery.
At Laredo Physicians Group and Doctors Regional Cancer Treatment Center, you’ll find the same advanced medical technology and treatment protocols you would find at the nation’s leading cancer institutes. Here you can get the care you need in one comfortable, convenient location close to home.
Radiation is typically used after surgery to eliminate any remaining cancer cells and prevent the cancer from returning. Radiation therapy involves a brief exposure to high energy X-rays to eliminate cancer cells, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. Our cancer team uses the TrueBeam™ System, which combines imaging with radiotherapy, to enable quick, more accurate radiation treatments. Doctors can better monitor for tumor motion to protect healthy organs and tissue when using the TrueBeam technology. The machine provides a comfortable experience for patients who can use the built-in music capabilities and talk with the radiation technician throughout the process.
The TrueBeam System can be used for breast, lung, abdomen, liver, head and neck and other cancers. For lung and other tumors that affect the respiratory system, TrueBeam offers radiotherapy, which enables doctors to monitor the patient’s breathing while radiation is delivered continuously as the machine rotates around the patient.
Our Cancer Approach
For more than 30 years, our medical professionals have helped patients battle cancer by providing quality care and research.
The success and acclaim garnered by our cancer program would not be possible without our unique, multidisciplinary approach to treatment. With the combined expertise of healthcare professionals across the region, you’ll never have to fight cancer alone. Their guidance and evidence-based research can lead you towards a better outcome. Our multidisciplinary approach consists of several important elements.
A select group of physicians and non-physicians oversee the critical elements of the cancer program. The committee promotes a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care through collaboration with other departments, such as radiology, surgery, pathology and nursing, to make sure all teams work together to provide a higher standard of care for all patients.
Tumor Board Conferences
We hold weekly cancer conferences for local healthcare professionals including medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, dietitians and Social Services advocates. This information exchange promotes new perspectives on individual cancer cases, which can improve treatment options for patients and foster better outcomes.
Doctors Regional Cancer Treatment Center holds itself to specific quality measures for the treatments provided at the center. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatments are strictly monitored and examined to make sure patients receive quality care for each clinical service rendered.
Cancer Registry and Clinical Trials
The Texas Department of Health maintains the Cancer Registry, which contains regional data on cancer diagnostics and treatments from facilities across the area. Our cancer specialists consult the Cancer Registry for data that could lead to more treatment options and better outcomes.
Clinical trials test medical strategies, technologies or treatments that are often not yet available to the public. Through this research, healthcare professionals can decide if a new approach to cancer is safe and effective for patients. Although trials offer alternatives to standard cancer care, it can be difficult for patients who do not live near large academic institutions to participate. As a member of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, physicians at Doctors Hospital are able to enroll patients in trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Doctors Hospital is the only facility within a 150-mile radius to provide these services.