Utah Cancer Specialists, (UCS) is Utah’s largest community-based oncology practice. We offer diverse expertise in oncology and hematology.
Medical Oncology is the study and treatment of cancer. Treatments include chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and biological therapy (sometimes called immunotherapy). Most of these treatments include drugs which are infused into the body through the veins, others are taken by mouth, and others are injected under the skin or into the muscles.
Radiation technology at UCS Cancer Center is state-of-the-art, utilizing several modalities of treatment including the use of photon, electrons, 3-dimensional, IMRT technique and the use of radiopharmaceuticals. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) enables us to prescribe the highest necessary dose of radiation with the greatest protection of healthy tissue and critical organs.
Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT or On-Board Imaging) involves the use of imaging tools to localize the area being treated, as well as verifying how treatments are delivered to the tumor. Radiopharmaceuticals 223Ra and 153Sm may be used for the systemic treatment of metastatic, multifocal local bone pain, offering the potential for pain relief with minimal side effects.
Hematology is the study and treatment of diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs. Blood cells are made in the bone marrow. In healthy people, millions of new blood cells are produced each hour to carry out important body functions. The body carefully regulates the ability of bone marrow to produce the correct number of each type of blood cell. If this regulation process is disrupted and the marrow produces too many or too few cells, a blood disorder occurs. Treatments vary according to age, symptoms and blood test results, but can include transfusions, hormonal therapy, and chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
PET/CT Imaging (Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography) is a diagnostic procedure used in nuclear medicine to visualize metabolically active tissue using sugar or glucose molecules. These molecules, labeled with radioactive Flourine- 18, are detected by the PET/CT scanner and generate images showing the extent of patients’ disease before making critical treatment decisions.
We understand that you are dealing with physical and emotional stress. We will help you and those who care about you understand your diagnosis and treatments. Through the process you will face decisions about treatment and care. We will provide resources to help you understand your diagnosis and make informed decisions about treatment options.