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Dr. Mark Applefeld, Chief of the Division of Cardiology, helps patients with heart problems, including heart attack, heart murmur and heart disease.
Mercy's team of cancer doctors diagnose and treat melanoma, a very serious form of skin cancer.
Dr. David Riseberg, Chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy, leads a team of Board Certified physicians who provide compassionate care and comprehensive treatment plans.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
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Brachytherapy may be used as a treatment option for different types of cancer. It can be offered with other therapies and also after surgery in the case that some cancer cells were not removed. The cancer surgeons of Surgical Oncology at Mercy in Baltimore work in close collaboration with Mercy’s medical and radiation oncologists to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient.
Brachytherapy is one of the advanced types of radiation therapy used to treat cancer. It is also known as internal radiation therapy as it involves placing radioactive material inside the body.
The procedure allows doctors to deliver higher doses of radiation in a more localized and precise manner as compared to external beam radiation. In addition, brachytherapy may have fewer side effects than external beam radiation and treatment may be shorter.
Brachytherapy may be offered alone or in conjunction with other treatment options. It is sometimes utilized in the case where some cancer cells are left behind after surgery.
Brachytherapy is a treatment option for many types of cancer, including:
During brachytherapy, radioactive material is placed in the body near the cancer. Typically, the radioactive material is delivered by a sealed implant. Several factors may determine how brachytherapy is performed, including the type and location of the cancer. In some cases, radioactive material is inserted through an opening in the body cavity, such as the windpipe. In other cases, radioactive material is placed directly into body tissue using applicators, such as a needle.
Brachytherapy allows doctors to deliver more radiation in a more precise manner compared to external beam radiation. This may reduce overall treatment times and may also cause fewer side effects than seen with external beam radiation treatment.
Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, treats a broad range of cancers and benign tumors including colon and rectal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, sarcoma and melanoma. Mercy's surgical oncologists utilize modern medical technologies such as laparoscopy, brachytherapy, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) and microwave ablation to help eliminate tumors with minimal damage to healthy tissue.
Surgical Oncology is part of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Director of Mercy's prestigious HIPEC Program, is among the region’s leading surgical oncologists, offering long-time expertise in the treatment of complex cancers.
A Mercy patient says she believes in miracles after being diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer and given a second chance at life.