Other Adult Cancers

Comprehensive Cancer Care for ALL types of cancer

St. Vincent Cancer Care physicians and associates treat all types of adult cancers. Some of these cancers are distinctly men's health and women's health problems, other cancers affect men and women alike. At St. Vincent many of our physicians specialize in diagnosing and treating women's health and men's health medical conditions. Regardless, each patient at St. Vincent has a personalized care plan that reflects his or her personal health goals. A team is built around the needs of the patient. Our Caring Spirit reflects our holistic approach for healing the body, mind and spirit. There is life after cancer – The St. Vincent Cancer Survivors are a testament to the difference this approach can make.

Hepatobiliary Cancer Care

Pancreatic cancer falls into the category of hepatobiliary cancers and includes the pancreas, bile duct, liver and gallbladder. St. Vincent Cancer Care includes specialists with that expertise. It takes a multidisciplinary approach that is lead by board certified gastrointestinal oncology specialists.

Men are at higher risk than women (especially with those with an Asian or Pacific Islander heritage) for being diagnosed with liver cancer. Long-term alcohol consumption is a risk factor. St. Vincent Interventional Radiologists/Oncologists are one of the few treatment sites in the US with a Y-90 liver cancer treatment program. Y-90 technology uses radioactive microspheres to target the cancer cells in the liver and thereby shrink the tumors and destroy cancer cells.

St. Vincent has many types of Supportive Services and dedicated pain management consultation under the direction of our Palliative Care Medical Director. There are many ways to help manage pain in a holistic, caring environment that supports the healing of the body, mind and spirit. For more information go to Cancer Care Supportive Services.  

Stomach cancer (or gastric cancer) is rarer but our St. Vincent Cancer Care team does diagnose and treat these gastric cancers. Risk factors for this gastrointestinal cancer includes smoking, being overweight, having had the Epstein-Barr virus infection or asbestos exposure. Also having a history of stomach ulcers increases the risk for this disease. The St. Vincent GI multidisciplinary cancer committee is composed of specialists who collaborate to create a comprehensive treatment plan.


Neuro-oncology for brain and spine-based cancers

Dr. Ronald Young, neurosurgeon

Dr. Ronald Young, neurosurgeon

The St. Vincent Neuroscience Institute is a multidisciplinary network of brain specialists, highly trained to diagnose and treat many types of brain tumors, skull-based tumors and spinal cord cancers. The neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, and neuro-radiologists use world-class imaging technology to navigation the brain and spine and pinpoint disease. Brain MRI, 3D-CT, the 16-slice CT scanner, PET brain are among the more advancing imaging technologies located on the St. Vincent Indianapolis campus. While these types of cancers are rare, it takes a well-coordinated medical team that extends beyond the surgery suite and includes medical oncology and radiation oncology, as well as, Cancer Survivorship and Rehabilitation associates. For example, at St. Vincent the stereotactic radiosurgery on the Novalis platform sends a precise dose of radiation directly to the brain or spine tumor while protecting healthy tissue and vital body organs. This treatment also applies to liver, lung and prostate cancer treatment, is virtually painless, and is done on an outpatient basis. Learn more about the full scope of capabilities at the St. Vincent Neuroscience Institute, our dedicated Neuro Intensive Care Unit on the St. Vincent Indianapolis campus, and the cancer care distress and pain management services available from Neurology cancer specialists. Additional information about brain, skull and spinal cancer is available at www.goodmancampbell.com/brain.cfm

Glioblastoma (GBM) is a serious type of brain cancer. At St. Vincent the neurosurgeons and our Brain and Spine multidisciplinary cancer committee work closely to create a personalized treatment plan for these patients. Symptoms may include severe headaches, vomiting, and seizures, significant memory loss and even personality changes. The neurosurgeons have experience surgically resecting the tumor and the treatment plan may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and steroid-based medications, as well as, other medications to prevent seizures. 


Osteo (bone) cancer

Orthopedic oncologists who treat benign and malignant bone tumors are highly specialized. Of the 127 orthopedic oncologists nationwide, one is affiliated with St. Vincent Cancer Care. These tumors are abnormal growths in the bone or in the soft tissue (the muscle, tendon, nerve, fat tissue or blood vessels) around the bone. Primary bone sarcoma is a rare cancerous tumor that forms in the bone first. There are three types of primary bone sarcomas: osteosarcoma (commonly around the knees or upper arm). The adult form of this disease is typically found in adults with Paget's disease of the bone. Ewing's sarcoma is a younger person's disease and typically is detected on the ribs, pelvic, leg and upper arm. Chrondrosarcoma most often affects older adults in the cartilage cells of the hip, pelvis, leg, arm or shoulder. In contrast, when lung, breast or prostate cancer spreads to the bones, we call that condition metastatic cancer or "bone mets."


Skin cancer:

It's important to protect your skin year round from the suns' harsh rays and that includes from tanning beds. Checkup 13 recently reported on George Herlinger's experience with skin cancer. St. Vincent Dematologist Christopher Obeime says, "Sometimes you feel these pre-cancers before you see them, so you run your hand over them. They are a little rough. They are rough, red spots that look like they are going away but they don't go away." George was diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer which is more common than the other types. All skin cancers are highly treatable. Melanoma is the most dangerous and causes more skin cancer deaths than any other type. It is very important to have consistent follow-up with your physician and actively survey your skin for abnormal skin spots, especially on the hands, ears, face and torso. Did you know? More skin cancers are detected on the left side of the body because that is the side that car drivers get the most sun exposure on a routine basis.

Cancer Care and your skin

When a cancer care patient gets chemotherapy or radiation therapy, the skin (the largest organ in the body) is often affected. St. Vincent Cancer Care specialists and associates will share important prevention tips for cancer patients because different cancer therapies can make the skin irritated and red and hyper-sensitive to different environmental conditions. St. Vincent's Cancer patient navigators and our survivorship navigator have great educational resources.


Thyroid Cancer , Dr. Erica Giblin's story

Checkup 13 is a St. Vincent sponsored health site by WTHR health reporters. Recently Dr. Erica Giblin, a breast surgeon at the St. Vincent Carmel Hospital and Women's Center shared her experience with thyroid cancer. When you have a mammogram at the St. Vincent Breast Care Center, physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants will routinely do a thyroid screening as part of the breast exam. It consists of feeling for any unusual growths or lumps. "Within two months the dime-size lump grew to the size of a golf ball on my thyroid," says Dr. Giblin. "If you can feel it or see it, get it checked out," says ENT specialist (otolaryngologist) Ed Krowiak, MD. To read Dr. Giblin's full story click here.


Sarcomas

Sarcomas are a category of rare connective tissue cancers and include liposarcoma, GI stromal  tumors (GIST), and osteosarcomas (a type of bone cancer). St. Vincent Cancer Care has a dedicated Sarcoma multidisciplinary cancer committee that reviews complex sarcoma cases.  A national education resource is www.sarcomaalliance.org.


Support for Challenging and Complex Cancer Cases

St. Vincent’s many Cancer Care Patient Navigators are specially trained in many types of adult cancers. Each specializes in supporting the nine different Multidisciplinary Cancer Committees (tumor boards) and are available for patient questions at 317-338-3900.

  1. Brain and Spine
  2. Breast cancers
  3. Gastrointestinal cancers
  4. Gynecologic cancers
  5. Head and neck cancers
  6. Malignant Hematology (blood cancers)
  7. Sarcomas
  8. Skin cancers
  9. Thoracic (lung/chest) cancers

For more information about all types of cancers, refer to the online resource, St. Vincent Health Information Library.