Specialized Cancer Treatments

Adults and children get specialized cancer treatment at The Valley Health System. Oncology teams for both programs are trained to help guide patients and their families through all stages of cancer care.

Care often starts with screening and diagnosis. The doctor can help you determine when to start screening and what tests are most appropriate for you.

Early detection is important in treating all types of cancer. This includes breast cancer, colorectal cancer, gynecologic cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer. The Valley Health System provides a range of services, treatments and technology to help you get the care you need.

Find a physician

 If you need a doctor referral at The Valley Health System, call our free referral service at 702-388-4888 or search online.

Personalized Cancer Treatment Plans

We offer many different types of treatment. This includes both surgical and non-surgical approaches. For example, chemotherapy or radiation treatment may be recommended for some patients.

In other cases, treatment may include options like robotic-assisted surgery, which is minimally invasive. In fact, Intuitive's new Ion bronchoscopy technology can detect early cancerous lung nodules less than one centimeter wide. 

Personalized cancer treatment plans may include:

  • Biological therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Biopsy and diagnostics
  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Clinical trials

Robotic surgery

Unlike traditional surgery, robotic surgery is performed through small incisions using advanced equipment. With this approach, the surgeon – not the robot – is in control the entire time.

Benefits for patients may include:

  • Fewer complications
  • Less pain and blood loss
  • Faster recovery
  • Smaller scars

*Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.

Types of Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer

The American Cancer Society® reports that about 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer in her lifetime. Finding breast cancer early saves lives.

The Valley Health System is here for patients with symptoms of breast cancer. We also help patients who need an annual screening to stay on top of breast health. We offer 3D mammograms and the SmartCurve™ breast system for more comfortable screenings.

Colorectal cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women. It is the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. This type of cancer may have no symptoms. That’s why you should talk to your doctor about when to begin screenings.

Doctors screen for colorectal cancer by performing a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy. In both these procedures, the physician can screen for colon polyps and remove them. These are small growths that can grow to become cancerous over time.

Prostate cancer

The prostate is the gland that produces fluid for semen in a man. Prostate cancer generally affects men 40 and above. Men at highest risk of prostate cancer include:

  • People with a family history 
  • Men older than 65
  • African American men

The Valley Health System offers high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology for prostate cancer. Summerlin Hospital is the first hospital in Nevada to provide this treatment. HIFU is a minimally invasive procedure that offers reduced side effects compared to traditional cancer treatments. It can help patients maintain quality of life after treatment.

Gynecological cancer

Early detection is critical when it comes to reproductive-system cancers, such as cervical cancer, endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer. Although cervical cancer is often diagnosed early with a Pap smear, endometrial and ovarian cancer are more difficult to detect. Women may be diagnosed at later stages with these cancers.

Meet the team

Diagnosing and treating cancer takes a team. At The Valley Health System, you'll find skilled, caring support from a wide range of specialists and staff. This includes doctors and technicians in radiology and imaging who perform different tests to help diagnose cancer. It also includes oncology physicians, surgeons, oncology nurses and staff who support you through treatment and recovery.

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