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Abben Cancer Center Services

Radiation Therapy - Radiation therapy is designed to destroy cancerous cells or prevent them from dividing. Since Clinac iXcancer cells grow and divide more rapidly than normal cells, they are more sensitive to the effects of radiation. Radiation therapy usually is given five days a week for six to eight weeks. Small amounts of radiation are given daily to protect normal tissues in the treatment area and weekend breaks allow the normal cells time to recover. Each treatment visit takes approximately 15 minutes. The radiation therapy program at the Abben Cancer Center uses state-of-the-art equipment identical to that found in the top centers across the country. This includes Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). Click here for more information on this progressive technology.

Medical Oncology (Chemotherapy) - Medical Oncology relies on drug therapy, usually administered through an IV, to destroy cancerous cells. The course of chemotherapy is individualized to best treat each patient’s condition and special needs. Our medical oncologists are associated with  Avera Cancer Institute of Sioux Falls. Click here to learn more about the medical professionals who serve Abben Cancer Center of Spencer Hospital.

Brachytherapy (Seed Implants) - Working with Northwest Iowa Urologists, radiation oncologist Dr. Donald Nordstrom and the Abben staff, offer brachytherapy as a treatment option. Brachytherapy involves implanting tiny radioactive seeds directly into the cancerous site. Brachytherapy is used most often to treat prostate cancer, but may be used on other forms of cancer as well.

Nutrition Counseling - Our registered dietitian provides individualized nutrition counseling and diet planning.

Social Services - Social workers meet with patients and family members to provide confidential counseling and assistance in securing any services the patient may need such as home health care, Meals on Wheels, etc.

American Cancer Society - The ACS provides a multitude of support services to cancer patients and their families. These services include Road to Recovery (volunteer transportation), Reach for Recovery (counseling by people who can share their experiences and triumphs), Look Good, Feel Better (special cosmetic care), and much more.

Education - To learn more about cancer treatment, research, and prevention, we’ve created an education center for the community with brochures, videos, books and more. We’re also happy to speak to area organizations and provide tours.

 

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