Treatment Options

The concept behind the James Beck Cancer Center was to offer the most advanced treatment options to patients of Wisconsin's northern region. We want your treatment to be thorough; we offer both medical oncology and radiation oncology for better interactive medical attention. We want to give you early diagnosis and efficient treatment; we offer state-of-the-art equipment, like nuclear medicine cameras for scanning hard-to-find tumors. We want you to experience safe surgery and rapid recovery.

Patients at the James Beck Cancer Center will receive treatment plans tailored specifically to their case, which may include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation. Whatever the cancer type or location may be, you can rest assured that you are in the most capable hands, receiving the very best in cancer care.

Philosophy of Caring

The oncology professionals at the James Beck Cancer Center work as a team committed to caring for the whole person, addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Experience has shown us that this holistic approach—treating the disease and the patient—is essential for the most quality care and complete recovery.

Medical Oncology

A Medical Oncologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and biological therapy. A medical oncologist often is the main health care provider for someone who has cancer. A medical oncologist also gives supportive care and may coordinate treatment given by other specialists. Comprehensive cancer care services include:

  • Complete diagnostic services
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Screening and detection programs
  • Educational programs
  • Support services including patient navigation, counseling, palliative care, dietary, social, financial, hospice and spiritual care

To contact medical oncology, call 715.361.2140.

Diagnostic Services

The James Beck Cancer Center uses a PET/CT scanner to diagnose and locate cancerous cells. This diagnostic system combines the fastest and most sophisticated computed tomography (CT) with the most advanced positron emission tomography (PET), providing detailed pictures of the internal anatomy, and revealing the size and shape of abnormal cancerous growths. It's a better way to pinpoint hard-to-find cancers, and a technique that can help physicians locate cancerous tumors earlier. For the patient, the PET/CT scanner means a better chance for responsive treatment and faster recovery.


According to the American Cancer Society, surgery offers the greatest chance to cure cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body. Ministry Medical Group is leading the way in the northern region with board certified surgeons who are trained in the latest medical techniques and procedures. Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital features five surgical suites and three surgical procedure rooms: one gastroenterology suite, one cystology suite and one endoscopy procedure room. Skilled Ministry Medical Group surgeons perform a broad spectrum of procedures including:

  • General surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Basic pediatric operations
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Breast surgery
  • Basic and advanced laparoscopic surgery
  • Venous disease surgery
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsies
  • Core needle biopsies
  • Stereotactic breast biopsies
  • Full spectrum of gynecological and urological surgeries

Radiation Oncology

If you have a type of cancer that can be treated with radiation, you will be referred to a Ministry Health Care radiation oncologist; a physician who specializes in treating patients with radiation. Your Ministry Health Care radiation oncologist will collaborate with both your medical oncologist as well as your surgeon to oversee your care. The team will determine if your radiation treatments will be used alone or in combination with other treatment modalities. Once it is determined that radiation therapy is the appropriate treatment for you, the radiation oncologist will discuss the details of your cancer with you, the role of radiation therapy in your overall treatment plan, and what to expect from your treatment. Services include:

  • 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
  • Volumetric Arc Therapy
  • Image Guidance Radiation Therapy
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

Why radiation?

Radiation therapy is the use of various forms of radiation (photons or electrons) to safely and effectively treat cancer and other diseases. Cancer cells, by nature, have uncontrolled growth (rapidly dividing cells), and therefore are more susceptible to radiation.

The James Beck Cancer Center is equipped with the latest radiation oncology capabilities, provided by a team of caring and experienced cancer care specialists:

  • State-of-the-art, dual energy Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator with multi-leaf collimation and electron capabilities
  • Siemens AS Open CT Scanner/Simulator
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
    • IMRT uses highly focused beams that can be manipulated to mirror a tumor's shape and size, directing a more precise dose of radiation directly to the tumor, not surrounding tissues and organs. This technology is often used to treat prostate, neck, and brain cancer.
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
    • A highly conformal treatment method utilizing high doses per treatment over 1-5 treatments in place of the conventional 25-45 treatments. Through advanced imaging and anatomy matching capabilities, SBRT treatments allow for very accurate delivery of radiation to tumor locations while sparing the healthy organs nearby.
  • Mammotome Breast Biopsy
  • MRI and PET/CT diagnostic imaging

To contact radiation oncology, call 715.361.2140.

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