Cancer may make you feel like you’ve lost control. We’ll put you back in charge of your life with proven therapies and the latest science, keeping you close to home and the people who help you stay strong.
How we diagnose and treat cancer
Our specialists are skilled in treating all types of cancer and create personalized care plans, which often combine treatments to give you the best outcome.
Cancer treatment and personal support
Our comprehensive services for cancer begin with prevention and screening and continue with personalized plans for treating cancer and returning you to health. Your treatment plan may include one or a combination of these approaches:
Supportive care, such as nutrition and naturopathic remedies, may be used in conjunction with treatments based on your preference.
Types of cancer
We treat all cancers regardless of type and stage. These are a few of the most common:
Advanced technology and expertise
At St. Vincent Healthcare, you have access to some of the most advanced technology and expertise in all of Montana. To detect and monitor cancer, we use:
- Tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) – Provides a more complete picture of the breast and can better reveal early-stage or hard-to-find cancers
- A 4-slice PET/CT scan – Enables radiologists to see a more accurate picture of abnormal cell growth
- Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) - A minimally invasive but highly effective procedure used to diagnose lung cancer, infections, and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes in the chest.
As part of treatment, we apply some of the latest tools available to attack tumors and malignancies with precision, while protecting nearby healthy tissue. These include:
- Elekta linear accelerator
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Cyberknife M6
- Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR)
- Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
What to expect
We understand that cancer carries an emotional and spiritual burden that goes beyond your physical diagnosis. Our goal is to anticipate your needs and consider even the little things so you can focus on healing.
This means you have access to modern, updated facilities designed for your comfort. Whether you’re staying in our hospital or receiving care at St. Vincent Healthcare Cancer Centers of Montana, we work to create a warm environment with conveniences and amenities. Our specially trained patient navigators are here to answer your questions, coordinate appointments among your doctors and therapists, and connect you with others who can help, such as financial counselors, social workers and chaplains.
Our cancer team
We believe in the power that results when physicians, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and other professionals come together with a single goal of quality patient care. When you choose St. Vincent Healthcare for your cancer care, you’ll benefit from the collaboration of many experts focused on you.
We hold weekly meetings called tumor conferences where doctors and staff from a variety of specialties discuss every patient’s case. Different experts will review your diagnosis, explore treatment possibilities and provide you with additional opinions without the need for separate appointments with each doctor.
Helping you through the process
From support groups to financial assistance, our teams are readily available to help you navigate your cancer care and makes sense of what can be overwhelming and complex.
Inspiring stories of hope
Sometimes the most comfort comes from fellow cancer survivors with whom you can relate. Hear from our patients who have experienced cancer and been touched by the care they received.