There has been significant progress made in cancer treatment over the past decade. During the 1990s, death rates for eight of the top 10 cancers decreased or remained flat, according to combined data of the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cancer Society and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.
Cancer death rates and cases decreased for prostate, lung and colon cancers. Breast cancer cases increased slightly, due in part to the fact that more women aged 50 to 74 are being screened through mammograms for the disease, therefore more tumors are being detected. Experts predict the increased screenings will eventually result in a decline in breast cancer cases.
Early detection of cancer is the key to a healthy outcome for patients. Several advanced diagnostic technologies are used at Redlands Community Hospital, including Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), CAT Scan (Computed Axial Tomography), Mammography, Ultrasound Imaging, PET (Positron Emission Tomography), and Nuclear Medicine.
Our Radiation Oncology Center, under the medical direction of Dr. William S. Zittrich and Dr. Thavinsakdi Viravathana, provides precise external beam radiation treatment for a variety of cancerous conditions.
For an explanation of any of these services, call our Radiology Department at (909) 335-5610.