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Cancer Conditions & Treatments

Bladder Cancer

If you have bladder cancer, our physicians will use their extensive experience treating superficial and invasive bladder tumors to develop a treatment plan for you.

Superficial tumors are usually treated with:

  • Endoscopic resection (minimally invasive removal of the tumor)
  • Chemotherapy injected directly into the body instead of through an IV
  • Immunotherapy that uses drugs to help your own immune system fight the cancer

More invasive cancers may be managed with surgery to remove all or a portion of the bladder or by bladder-sparing techniques combined with endoscopic resection, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Lewistown (GLH)
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Blood Cancer

We offer the latest medical advancements for the treatment of blood cancers including bone marrow transplants, which provide renewed hope for a cure if you have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Some anemias
  • Immune deficiency disorders

During a bone marrow transplant your diseased bone marrow is destroyed using chemotherapy or radiation, and healthy marrow is infused into the bloodstream. The transplant can be autologous (you donate your own stem cells) or allogeneic (stems cells are collected from a donor with compatible DNA markers). If your transplant is successful, the new bone marrow will begin producing normal blood cells.

We are part of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), which connects you with donors throughout the country. We are also FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) accredited, which means we adhere to the highest medical standards for this type of treatment.

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Lewistown (GLH)
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Bone Marrow Transplant Locations: Danville (GMC)

Brain and Nervous System

As home to three of only a handful of fellowship-trained neurosurgical oncologists in Pennsylvania, The Brain & Spine Tumor Institute at Geisinger Health System is at the forefront of diagnosing and treating the most complex spine, nerve and brain tumors.

Our expertise means that you receive highly specialized care with access to advanced technology and innovative clinical trials. Our physicians focus on surgical precision with the goal of reducing damage to healthy tissue while eliminating your cancer. As experts in the area of stereotactic radiosurgery, our surgeons and radiation oncologists are able to reduce or remove many tumors without using traditional surgery. This means faster healing and a quicker recovery.

We offer:

  • Awake craniotomy
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Endoscopic endonasal surgery
  • Intraoperative monitoring
  • Skull-base surgery
  • Radiation therapy

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Lewistown (GLH)
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Breast Cancer

The Breast Cancer Program at Geisinger offers all of the advancements found at a major medical center with the convenience of being close to home. Our physicians use advanced technology to perform partial mastectomies and deliver radiation therapy while sparing healthy breast tissue.

At Geisinger, you'll have access to the latest breast imaging and treatment options, including:

  • Digital mammography
  • Breast Tomosynthesis (3D imaging)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Minimally invasive biopsies
  • Stereotactic biopsies
  • Chemotherapy
  • 3D conformal radiation therapy
  • Deep inspiration breath hold for radiation therapy left sided breast cancer
  • Hormone therapy
  • Reconstructive surgery

Geisinger's high-risk and family history program offers genetic counseling and, if appropriate, genetic testing if you are at high risk. The cancer prevention program incorporates risk-reduction strategies such as medications or prophylactic surgery (in cases of extreme risk). In addition, our nurse navigator is specially trained in breast disease and breast cancer care. She will be your breast survivorship partner, offering you support throughout all phases of diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Lewistown (GLH)
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Colorectal and GI Cancers

Our Cancer Center offers a full team of physicians skilled in the areas of colorectal, liver and pancreatic cancers. Early detection is your key to successful treatment and survival of these cancers:

  • Colorectal cancer - When polyps form in the colon and are left unattended, they can become malignant and cause colon cancer. It is important to have regular screenings to find and remove polyps before they have the chance to become cancerous. If your screening or colonoscopy determines that your polyps are cancerous, our oncology team will develop a treatment plan for you that may include surgery as well as other options.
  • Liver cancer (primary or metastatic) - Primary liver cancer starts in the liver, while metastatic liver cancer is cancer that has spread to the liver from another area of the body. Geisinger physicians treat liver cancer in a variety of ways, including radiation therapy, minimally invasive surgery, chemotherapy and novel therapies through clinical trials. We are home to a Medicare approved liver transplant program.
  • Pancreatic cancer - A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer often means the disease has reached an advanced stage. Trained gastroenterologists use SpyGlass® technology to detect pancreatic cancer as early as possible so that treatment can begin sooner. If you need surgery to remove all or part of your pancreas you are in good hands with Geisinger surgeons, who are skilled in laparoscopic pancreatectomy. With this procedure, you will have smaller incisions, less pain and quicker recovery than with traditional surgery.

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Lewistown (GLH)
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Gynecologic Cancer

At Geisinger, we have a team of specialists dedicated solely to helping you fight gynecologic cancer. Our fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologists work as part of a cancer team that includes pathologists, radiologists and radiation oncologists, counselors, advanced practitioners and a nursing support team specialized in treating cancer of the:

  • Cervix
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Ovaries
  • Primary peritoneal
  • Uterus
  • Vagina
  • Vulva

Our highly skilled and trained physicians provide the most effective and advanced screenings and treatments, including:

  • Screening for women at increased risk of gynecologic cancer
  • Gynecologic cancer clinical trial options
  • Brachytherapy (radiation seeds)
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy for gynecologic cancers
  • Minimally invasive surgery

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV)
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Head and Neck Cancers

For over 60 years, the physicians at Geisinger have specialized in diagnosing and treating benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) tumors of the head and neck with surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

Our team of otolaryngologists, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, and surgeons work together to determine the best course of treatment for your cancer of the:

  • Oral cavity (mouth, lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, palate)
  • Pharynx or throat
  • Larynx
  • Thyroid and parathyroid
  • Salivary glands
  • Nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses
  • Skull base
  • Ear and temporal bone
  • Neck

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Lewistown (GLH)
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Kidney Cancer

With timely diagnosis, your kidney cancer can often be successfully treated. The specialists at Geisinger emphasize a minimally invasive, organ-sparing approach to kidney tumors when possible. Options include:

  • da Vinci® robotic radical nephrectomy (removal of the entire kidney) -- This robotic surgical system allows a high level of precision during surgery, which allows for less damage and reduced recovery time.
  • Hand assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy (minimally invasive removal of the kidney)
  • Partial nephrectomy that preserves the kidney while removing the tumor
  • Ablative techniques using energy sources such as cryosurgery (freezing) and radiofrequency ablation (heating) to eliminate tumors

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Lewistown (GLH)
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Lung and Esophageal Cancers

If you have cancer of the lung or esophagus, mediastinal tumors, or mesothelioma, our Lung and Esophageal Cancer Clinic gives you access to an entire team of medical professionals from the start of your diagnosis. Our clinic is focused on quick and efficient planning, so you can begin your treatment weeks or even months earlier than if you consulted with each specialist individually. Earlier treatment means you have a greater chance for survival.

If surgery is recommended, you may be eligible for a minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy. The advantages of a VATS lobectomy include:

  • Smaller incision
  • Faster recovery
  • Less time in the hospital
  • Less pain
  • Increased safety
  • Radiation therapy
  • Stereotactic body radiosurgery

Traditional, or open, surgery is reserved for more complex cases, including large tumors or tumors in difficult locations.

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Lewistown (GLH)
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Melanoma and Skin Cancer

When it comes to skin cancer, the experts at Geisinger offer you the latest in prevention, diagnosis and treatment options. We treat melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and Merkel cell carcinoma.

Our fellowship-trained surgeons are proficient in Mohs micrographic surgery, a technique that combines removal of the skin cancer with immediate microscopic viewing. Mohs has proven to be the most effective way to remove and cure certain skin cancers. Advantages include:

  • Lowest incidence of skin cancer recurrence
  • Near 99% success rate
  • Performed in the doctor's office without general anesthesia
  • Reconstruction (if necessary) can be performed at the same time

We also offer photodynamic therapy, a treatment option that reduces or eliminates sunspots on the skin to prevent future skin cancer. In this therapy, a concentrated form of a chemical that naturally occurs in the body is placed on the sunspots and exposed to a laser light.

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Lewistown (GLH)
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Musculoskeletal Cancer

For excellent orthopedic oncology care look no further. Our Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Clinic offers the latest surgical and nonsurgical treatments. You will have access to clinical trials as well as leading resources in innovative care.

We are home to one of the few fellowship-trained orthopaedic oncologists in the state, who works alongside our radiation, surgical and medical oncologists to treat lung, prostate, breast or kidney cancer that has metastasized to the bone, as well as cancers that occur first in the bone, such as:

  • Osteosarcoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Ewing sarcoma family tumors (ESFT)

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Lewistown (GLH)
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Prostate Cancer

Our urologists collaborate closely with specialists from other disciplines, such as medical and radiation oncology, to treat your prostate cancer while minimizing your risk of undesirable side effects, such as incontinence and impotence. Options include:

  • da Vinci® robotic prostatectomy - This robotic surgical system allows a high level of precision during surgery, which may mean less damage and reduced recovery time.
  • Brachytherapy - The goal of this treatment is to kill cancer cells with radiation while preserving healthy tissue. In the minimally invasive outpatient procedure, tiny radioactive seeds are placed in the prostate gland. The procedure only takes a few hours, and most patients return to normal activities within two to three days.
  • Cryoablation - This outpatient procedure uses liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide to kill cancer cells with extreme cold.
  • Radiation therapy

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Lewistown (GLH)
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Testicular Cancer

If you are facing testicular cancer, Geisinger can help you navigate your treatment options with the goal of minimizing the impact to your quality of life.

Initial treatment for this cancer often involves removing the affected testis and our surgeons emphasize organ-sparing techniques. Depending on the stage of your cancer, you may also have lymph nodes removed, as well as chemotherapy. Our medical oncologists participate in national cooperative group trials to offer new treatments that minimize side effects.

Hospital Locations: Danville (GMC), Wilkes-Barre (GWV), Lewistown (GLH)
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