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Medical Oncology

A medical oncologist works closely with your entire care team to treat and manage your cancer or hematology disorder and help keep it from coming back. An oncologist has special training in cancer care and hematology diseases [link to hematology page] and often serves as your main doctor for treatments and coordinating care between other doctors.

Your team may also include physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants and a nurse navigator.

Medical oncology services and treatments

Our doctors use evidence-based drug and biologic therapy to treat cancer, manage its symptoms and deliver precise medicine.

What to expect

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. The caring team at PeaceHealth is here to support you. Your doctor’s first step is to get a clear picture of your cancer and its stage. This may include diagnostic testing, biopsies and lab tests. Your doctor will use this key information to create a plan that’s right for you.

Cancer treatment can vary among patients. Some people may need several rounds of chemotherapy; others may need shorter sessions. Your oncologist will explain your treatment plan, answer your questions and help you get ready for the next step.

Medical oncology treatments at PeaceHealth

Cancer care is more than the latest advances in care. It’s also about delivering compassionate, expert, patient-centered care that gives you the power to heal better and feel stronger.

Conditions We Treat


Chemotherapy (chemo) carries cancer-killing drugs all through the body. Generally, chemo is used to cure cancer, stop it from spreading or help relieve symptoms. It also can be used as part of a treatment plan that includes surgery, radiation therapy or both.

There are many ways chemo can be given, including:

  • Oral – Chemo can be taken as a pill, capsule or liquid.
  • Infusion – Chemo drugs are given through a vein. This carries medicine right to the bloodstream.
  • Intrathecal – Drugs are carried through the spinal canal to kill cancer in the brain or spinal cord.

Immunotherapy, also called biologic therapy or biotherapy, uses a patient’s immune system to fight cancer. Medicines may be given to cause the immune system to attack cancer cells, or to boost the immune system with man-made proteins.

Targeted therapy

Targeted therapy is an advanced approach to treating cancer. These medicines are designed to attack certain parts of cancer cells or other areas of the body that help cancer cells grow.

Research shows that cancer cells don’t act the same as other cells in the body. Those differences are targeted with medicine to kill, slow or reduce cancer cells in the body. Targeted therapy can also be used to boost the immune system or target certain hormones.

Treatments Provided

Cancer care team collaboration

No two cancers or patients are alike. That’s why we put you at the center of treatment plans — your needs, goals, unique cancer diagnosis, and medical and family history are all taken into consideration. Your care team is committed to compassionate care that helps you feel supported, stronger and better.

Coordinated cancer care

Your medical oncologist will work closely with you and other members of your care team throughout your care journey. This coordinated, seamless approach helps ensure you receive the care you need at every step of your journey.

Focus on what matters most
Receive care designed with you in mind. Our infusion center allows you to relax during your treatment sessions and engage with your care team when you need to and with your preferences in mind. Wi-Fi and TV are also available.

All Medical Oncology Locations