Celilo Cancer Center

Cancer Care in The Dalles

High Quality Medical Care & Patient Service

At Mid-Columbia Medical Center, our medical professionals are equipped and ready to help you fight this cancer from every angle: mind, body, and spirit.

MCMC's patient-centered philosophy ensures that we are open and honest with all our patients and their families. The effects of cancer are life changing, which is why we will provide you with as much information as possible so you and your family can make well-informed decisions regarding your care and start planning for the future.

Demystifying Cancer

The word "cancer" carries a heavy stigma with it and you may be worried or afraid for your health. That is perfectly natural; but you should know that cancer is, in many cases, very treatable. We provide you and your family with numerous resources to manage the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of this condition.

Cancer is a collection of related diseases caused by the uninhibited division of abnormal cells in a specific area of the body. Our skilled oncologists employ multi-disciplinary medical techniques to destroy the cancer cells and prevent them from proliferating throughout the body further. We also utilize state-of-the-art technology to accurately diagnose and treat the disease.

Several effective oncology treatment options include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Immunotherapy/Biotherapy: Bolstering the body’s immune system so that it can better fight off invading cancer cells. This can help to slow or even stop the growth of cancer cells and prevent the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body. There are several types of immunotherapy, and your treatment may involve taking Monoclonal antibodies, cancer vaccines, or another non-specific form of immunotherapy.
  • Targeted Therapies: One of the most challenging aspects of cancer treatment is that it’s difficult for medications such as chemotherapy to distinguish between healthy cells and cancer cells. In targeted therapy, we use special, customized drugs that target specific molecular parameters so that they go straight for the diseased cells while leaving the healthy ones alone.
  • Chemotherapy: Treating the disease by utilizing drugs that target and destroy malignant cancer cells. The chemical agents in the chemotherapy drugs selectively attack the cells that are causing damage. While radiation and surgery work more effectively with confined cancer cells, chemo can work throughout the entire body.
  • Surgery: Removing the diseased portion of the body before cancer cells can spread to other sections. Usually, this treatment method will be conducted concurrently with other methods in order to ensure the complete destruction of all remaining cancer cells. This method can also be used diagnostically in order to determine the current state of the diseased section.
  • Radiation Therapy: Destroying a confined section of cancer cells by blasting it with high-energy radiation. This is typically utilized in conjunction with surgery and/or chemotherapy, and when the cancer is concentrated in one area of the body. Approximately half of all cancer patients will undergo some form of radiation therapy during their cancer treatment.
  • Speech Language Pathology – Cancer of the head and neck can sometimes make it difficult for the patient to speak or even swallow without difficulty. Speech language pathologists (SLPs) help train patients on techniques to improve speech and restore function to the throat.

Plan of Action

Our medical professionals are extensively experienced and thoroughly informed about the effects and treatments for cancer. We will sit with you, diagnose your condition, determine an effective course of action, and use many of the abundant resources we have at our disposal to fight this disease. You can rest assured that our skilled oncologists will work day and night to help you.