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A branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The study of the nature, function, and diseases of the blood and of blood-forming organs.

A process in which a person’s DNA is isolated and tested for the presence of specific genes or defects that could result in the development of cancer or other diseases.

In cancer, precision medicine uses specific information about a person’s tumor to help make a diagnosis and plan treatment. Examples of precision medicine include using targeted therapies to treat specific types of cancer cells, such as HER2-positive breast cancer. Many cancers have certain characteristics or mutations which act as targets for newer drugs, enhancing the effectiveness and decreasing overall side effects.

Our practice is able to perform many tests in the office for immediate results at the time of evaluation and treatment. We also have an excellent relationship with many Reference Laboratories in the country that perform highly specific and complex blood and tumor testing of all types, with prompt results.

Our practice has a fully operational in-office drug dispensary which participates with most insurance plans. We are able to conveniently fill some vital prescriptions for patients right in our office and avoid unnecessary delays in obtaining needed medications.

Clinical trials are experiments done in research studies, and are designed to answer specific questions about new treatments and known interventions that warrant further study and comparison. Clinical trials generate data on safety and efficacy. They are conducted only after they have received health authority/ethics committee approval in the country where approval of the therapy is sought. These authorities are responsible for vetting the risk/benefit ratio of the trial—their approval does not mean the therapy is ‘safe’ or effective, only that the trial may be conducted. There are different phases of clinical trials, depending on the established effectiveness and safety of the treatments being studied.

Drs. Minniti and Bach have participated in hundreds of clinical trials over the years, and have had access to some of the newest treatments being tested in cancer and blood disorders. Participation in clinical trials is always encouraged if there is an appropriate study available. These trials improve our knowledge of cancer treatments, provide cutting edge therapies to patients, and help future patients down the line.

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Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Chemotherapy may be given by mouth, injection, infusion, or on the skin, depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. It may be given alone or with other treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy, or biologic/immunotherapy.

Cancer Immunotherapy is a form of cancer treatment that uses the power of the body’s own immune system to prevent, control, and eliminate cancer.

Immunotherapy can:

Educate the immune system to recognize and attack specific cancer cells
Boost immune cells to help them eliminate cancer
Provide the body with additional components to enhance the immune response

Monoclonal antibodies are a type of protein made in the laboratory that can bind to substances in the body, including cancer cells. There are many kinds of monoclonal antibodies. A monoclonal antibody is made so that it binds to only one substance. Monoclonal antibodies are being used to treat some types of cancer. They can be used alone or to carry drugs, toxins, or radioactive substances directly to cancer cells.

A substance made from antibodies that have been taken from the blood of many healthy donors. It is given to a patient intravenously. IVIG is used to treat certain types of immune disorders in which there are low amounts of antibodies in the blood. They are also used to treat many different autoimmune disorders, infections, or other conditions. They may also be used to help prevent infections in patients who have had a stem cell or organ transplant. IVIG is a type of immunotherapy.

Erythropoietin is a substance that is naturally produced in the kidneys and stimulates the bone marrow to make more red blood cells. Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents are used to treat anemia caused by chronic kidney failure, some anticancer drugs, and bone marrow disorders. They may also be used to lower the number of blood transfusions needed during and after certain major surgeries. Examples of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents are epoetin alfa (Epogen, Procrit, Retacrit) and darbepoetin alfa (Aranesp).

Iron Therapy is a treatment that provides a key nutrient to the bone marrow to make blood. It can be taken in a pill form or given intravenously. Iron levels may be low from bleeding or blood loss, or poor absorption of dietary iron.

Vitamin B12 or Cyanocobalamin is a nutrient in the vitamin B complex that the body needs in small amounts to function and stay healthy. Cyanocobalamin helps make blood cells and keeps nerve cells healthy. Insufficient cyanocobalamin may cause certain types of anemia (a condition in which the number of red blood cells is below normal) and neurological disorders. Levels of B12 can be low from inadequate dietary intake or gastrointestinal absorption issues. B12 therapy is generally needed to be given through an injection.

Several drugs are available to improve bone strength when the bones are weakened from Osteoporosis which is a condition in where there is a decrease in the amount and thickness of bone tissue, causing the bones to become weak and break more easily. Osteoporosis may be caused by older age, hormone changes, taking certain medicines, and not eating enough foods with calcium and vitamin D. Bone Health Agents are also given to patients who have cancers that spread to the bones, to decrease the chances of fractures and pain.

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