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IU Heath Arnett Cancer Services uses an integrated approach to cancer care. Primary care physicians, radiologists, general and plastic surgeons work with oncologists and radiation oncologists to provide patients with a personalized treatment plan with the most appropriate treatment options. Each physician plays an important role in achieving positive outcomes.
Our medical and radiation oncologists meet weekly with other specialized experts from the area to evaluate patient diagnoses and plan effective treatments. Our team approach to care gives patients and their families the many benefits of a highy-skilled team of experienced professionals from a range of healthcare and related disciplines.
Primary Care Physicians
Primary care physicians are often the first line of defense against cancer. They are able to recognize symptoms, perform screenings and order the tests that might result in a cancer diagnosis. They will work closely with your IU Health Arnett oncologist to help you understand your treatment options and perform check-ups throughout and after treatment.
Radiologists use a variety of imaging techniques to help diagnose cancer and also help oncologists target your cancer treatment. From mammograms to MRIs, radiologists can see the clearest picture of what is happening inside your body, where the cancer is located and if it has spread.
Radiologists are pivotal in helping surgeons perform many procedures. Ultrasounds are often used to guide biopsies, while ultrasounds, MRIs and x-rays can give surgeons a better idea of the size and location of a tumor. Radiologists also help to monitor tumor growth or other changes within the tumor.
General surgeons work with patients and oncologists to determine if the cancer can and should be removed. Though their goal is to remove as much of the cancer as they can, they are also dedicated to preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. Their expertise allows them to remove cancerous portions of some organs, such as the colon and liver, and resect them so they continue to work properly. They also work to conserve surrounding tissue during lumpectomies and other tumor removals.
IU Health Arnett General Surgeons remove affected lymph nodes in the most conservative way possible. They perform sentinel node biopsies to determine which lymph nodes have been affected and which can remain.
Plastic surgeons work to help patients recover emotionally and psychologically from cancer treatments. They work to make sure patients are pleased with their appearance and feel confident in their bodies through reconstructive or plastic surgeries. Though often overlooked, plastic surgery is an important part of healing for many cancer patients.
Medical oncologists often lead your cancer treatment plan. They team up with primary care physicians, surgeons and radiation oncologists to determine the best course of treatment. Sometimes that includes shrinking tumors with chemotherapy before surgery in order to make the operation less risky.
Beyond participating in treatment decisions, radiation oncologists work with surgeons to implant radioactive devices, such as MammoSite or seeds, that allow them to deliver better quality treatments.