2018-19 Cancer Network Annual Report

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Clinical Expertise 
& Advanced Treatment

At Sentara, we remain dedicated to offering a comprehensive suite of cancer treatments that provide maximum 
benefits to patients. We actively recruit 
and employ leading cancer specialists bringing the best clinical expertise 
directly to patients. Our physicians have expertise in the latest treatment technologies and capabilities, including:

Radiosurgery (SRS)

Stereotactic radiosurgery is a non-surgical radiation therapy that uses 3D imaging to target high doses of radiation to the affected area with minimal impact to the surrounding healthy tissue. Sentara offers this advanced technology at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Obici Hospital and Sentara RMH Medical Center.

Advanced Gynecologic Oncology Program

Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital is home to the only dedicated women’s health and gynecologic cancer program in Hampton Roads. Our gynecologic oncologists use the da Vinci Xi surgical system to perform highly complex procedures. This system is the most advanced, intuitive robotic surgery system available in the Hampton Roads region. The Xi model provides crystal-clear 3D, high-definition views of the surgical site. It goes beyond other da Vinci systems, enabling surgeons to perform precise multiquadrant surgeries on several different parts of the abdomen instead of one localized area. In 2017, 
we added pathologists who specialize in gynecologic cancer to our expert team.

Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiologists play a critical and growing role as part of the Sentara Cancer Networks multidisciplinary team approach in the treatment of cancer and cancer-related disorders. This is a rapidly evolving field where many of the innovative techniques for diagnosing and treating cancer has led to increased quality of life and increased survival for patients living with a cancer diagnosis.

Interventional oncology procedures provide minimally invasive, targeted treatment of cancer for patients whose cancer cannot be surgically removed or effectively treated with systemic chemotherapy or radiation. When combined with current innovations, these image-guided techniques are able to treat the cancers while minimizing potential damage to other organs in the body. In most cases, these procedures are done on an outpatient basis. Interventional radiology procedures may be combined with other cancer treatments, which include radiation therapy, chemotherapy or cancer surgery. The Interventional radiologists within the Sentara Cancer Network have been at the forefront of bringing the latest technology and procedures to the communities we serve, providing a comprehensive approach to care. Some examples of these procedures include:

Ablation procedures – uses extreme heat or cold to destroy a tumor.

Embolization procedures – shrinks a tumor by cutting off its 
blood supply.

Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty – treat spine fractures caused by spinal tumors or other cancers.

Paracentesis – treats a cancer complication called ascites. It occurs when fluid builds up inside of a patient’s abdomen which causing swelling.

Venous access procedures – through tubes put under a patient’s skin, access is created with ports to place PICC lines and catheters. These allow care teams to draw blood or give medication through the same access tube instead of multiple access points and tubes.

Stent placement – these help to treat blockages associated with bile duct, colorectal, esophageal or tracheobronchial cancer.