Duke radiation oncologists use stereotactic radiosurgery -- the gold standard of radiation care -- to precisely focus narrow, high-dose radiation beams that destroy difficult-to-reach spine or brain tumors without the need for incisions. Stereotactic radiosurgery can destroy multiple tumors and, in some cases, only one treatment session is needed. Careful mapping and planning ensure the radiation targets cancer cells while sparing the healthy tissue, nerves, and blood vessels surrounding the tumor.
Immunotherapy drugs help your immune system identify and attack cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. Several immunotherapy drugs have already received FDA approval. Others are under investigation and may be available to eligible candidates through clinical trials.
Chemotherapy, given orally or by infusion into a vein, may be prescribed to kill cancer cells after surgery and/or radiation therapy.
This new generation of therapies targets molecules inside your cells that help cancer grow and spread. They block the ways cancer cells multiply while leaving healthy cells alone. There are many different types of targeted therapies; some are approved by the FDA. Others are being studied in clinical trials that are open to eligible candidates.
Palliative care focuses on preventing, managing, and relieving the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment. It helps you and your loved ones address symptoms and clarify goals of treatment along the way. You and your loved ones will be offered the opportunity to meet with a member of our palliative care team.
Rehabilitation will be an important part of your recovery. Our physical and occupational therapists and speech pathologists can help you strengthen your muscles, improve your mobility, speak more clearly, or learn easier ways to perform everyday tasks.