Cancer

Personalized cancer care to treat you as a whole person

At IU Health, our team of highly skilled physicians and healthcare providers are dedicated to providing the best care for you and best treatment for your cancer. 

Our leading edge cancer research in medicine and scientific innovation gives you access to the latest advancements in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. 

And we tailor our care to you as a whole person. That means we take the time to listen to you, understand your individual needs and treat you with empathy and respect. 

We take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. That means you have a whole team working together to treat you. Your team includes physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, spiritual care chaplains, social workers and others who work with you to find the very best approach to support you and treat your cancer.

We will work with you to establish your goals and your values and evaluate your condition to create a treatment plan personalized for you.

Finding the Best Treatment Options

Advances in cancer care are quickly evolving with new ways of treating or managing cancer. At IU Health, we keep up with the latest standards of care and innovations so that we can always offer you the latest treatment options, including: 

Systemic Therapies

Systemic therapies are medications or interventions that address cancer throughout the body.

  • Chemotherapy — You might need chemotherapy as an option to treat cancer. It is sometimes combined with other treatments, such as radiotherapy.
  • Hormone therapy — Some cancers are affected by your body’s hormones. Hormone therapy seeks to block certain hormones and thus block cancer growth.
  • Immunotherapy — This is a relatively new and innovative way of using the body’s own immune system to target the cancer cells. 
  • Precision genomics — This is an option for end or late-stage cancer that looks at the genetic structure of the tumor as well as your overall DNA to find the very best treatments for you.

Local Therapies

  • Radiation oncology — Radiation oncology is also another option that may be used alone, with chemotherapy or before or after surgery. IU Health offers numerous radiation technologies, such as linear accelerators and other advanced equipment. We also offer 3-D conformal radiotherapy, which delivers higher doses of radiation directly to a tumor while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. 
  • Surgical oncology — Depending on your case, the surgical removal of a cancerous mass or tumor may be performed as an inpatient or outpatient procedure. 

Local Trials

  • Clinical trials  — There may also be the opportunity for you to participate in clinical trials, often giving you access to new treatment options that might not otherwise be available.

Our Approach to Cancer Care

We take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. That means you have a whole team working together to treat you. Your team includes physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, spiritual care chaplains, social workers and others who work with you to find the very best approach to support you and treat your cancer.

We will work with you to establish your goals and your values and evaluate your condition to create a treatment plan personalized for you.

Finding the Best Treatment Options

Advances in cancer care are quickly evolving with new ways of treating or managing cancer. At IU Health, we keep up with the latest standards of care and innovations so that we can always offer you the latest treatment options, including: 

Systemic Therapies

Systemic therapies are medications or interventions that address cancer throughout the body.

  • Chemotherapy — You might need chemotherapy as an option to treat cancer. It is sometimes combined with other treatments, such as radiotherapy.
  • Hormone therapy — Some cancers are affected by your body’s hormones. Hormone therapy seeks to block certain hormones and thus block cancer growth.
  • Immunotherapy — This is a relatively new and innovative way of using the body’s own immune system to target the cancer cells. 
  • Precision genomics — This is an option for end or late-stage cancer that looks at the genetic structure of the tumor as well as your overall DNA to find the very best treatments for you.

Local Therapies

  • Radiation oncology — Radiation oncology is also another option that may be used alone, with chemotherapy or before or after surgery. IU Health offers numerous radiation technologies, such as linear accelerators and other advanced equipment. We also offer 3-D conformal radiotherapy, which delivers higher doses of radiation directly to a tumor while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. 
  • Surgical oncology — Depending on your case, the surgical removal of a cancerous mass or tumor may be performed as an inpatient or outpatient procedure. 

Local Trials

  • Clinical trials  — There may also be the opportunity for you to participate in clinical trials, often giving you access to new treatment options that might not otherwise be available.

Going through cancer treatment can be challenging. All of our locations provide a wide array of services, including diagnostic and treatment, as well as the option to participate in clinical trials and research. These services are complemented by IU Health physician groups and independent physicians who provide care in your neighborhood.

The Academic Health Advantage

IU Health works in partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine to train the next generation of physicians, and combine breakthrough research and treatments so you receive the highest quality care.

Awards and Recognitions

The Indiana University Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is the only patient care cancer center in Indiana to receive the National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation, recognizing the facility for scientific excellence, discovery and development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, and for educating healthcare professionals and the public. This is one of many accreditations the Simon Cancer Center has received for quality and patient care.

In 2012 Indiana University Health University Hospital was designated as a Blue Distinction Center by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in the area of complex and rare cancers. Complex and rare cancers include acute leukemia (inpatient, non-surgical), bladder, esophageal, gastric, head and neck, liver (primary), pancreatic, rectal, soft tissue sarcomas, and thyroid (medullary and/or anaplastic). Blue Distinction Center certification is awarded only to select programs that emphasize best-practice care and achieve excellent outcomes.

Cancer Innovation and Clinical Trials

Your team at IU Health is focused on providing the latest technology to help treat your cancer and provide the best care for you. Moreover, our physician researchers throughout the state are looking for the newest ways to treat and prevent cancer through clinical trials, research and collaboration with organizations such as the National Cancer Institute and Hoosier Oncology Group.

Support Services

At IU Health your care does not stop at the treatment rooms or physician offices. We offer many services to help you during your treatment, through your recovery and beyond. 

  • Oncology rehabilitation — Get help with any physical challenges you experience during or after treatment. This specialized field can help with the possible side effects of cancer surgeries or therapies. 
  • Classes and support — IU Health provides resource centers, ongoing classes and educational events to help you understand your condition as well as classes, such as yoga and art therapy to help you during and after your treatments.

Why IU Health for Cancer Care

Going through cancer treatment can be challenging. All of our locations provide a wide array of services, including diagnostic and treatment, as well as the option to participate in clinical trials and research. These services are complemented by IU Health physician groups and independent physicians who provide care in your neighborhood.

The Academic Health Advantage

IU Health works in partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine to train the next generation of physicians, and combine breakthrough research and treatments so you receive the highest quality care.

Awards and Recognitions

The Indiana University Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is the only patient care cancer center in Indiana to receive the National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation, recognizing the facility for scientific excellence, discovery and development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, and for educating healthcare professionals and the public. This is one of many accreditations the Simon Cancer Center has received for quality and patient care.

In 2012 Indiana University Health University Hospital was designated as a Blue Distinction Center by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in the area of complex and rare cancers. Complex and rare cancers include acute leukemia (inpatient, non-surgical), bladder, esophageal, gastric, head and neck, liver (primary), pancreatic, rectal, soft tissue sarcomas, and thyroid (medullary and/or anaplastic). Blue Distinction Center certification is awarded only to select programs that emphasize best-practice care and achieve excellent outcomes.

Cancer Innovation and Clinical Trials

Your team at IU Health is focused on providing the latest technology to help treat your cancer and provide the best care for you. Moreover, our physician researchers throughout the state are looking for the newest ways to treat and prevent cancer through clinical trials, research and collaboration with organizations such as the National Cancer Institute and Hoosier Oncology Group.

Support Services

At IU Health your care does not stop at the treatment rooms or physician offices. We offer many services to help you during your treatment, through your recovery and beyond. 

  • Oncology rehabilitation — Get help with any physical challenges you experience during or after treatment. This specialized field can help with the possible side effects of cancer surgeries or therapies. 
  • Classes and support — IU Health provides resource centers, ongoing classes and educational events to help you understand your condition as well as classes, such as yoga and art therapy to help you during and after your treatments.

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