Cancer Center in Anchorage, Alaska
Alaska Regional Hospital offers a Cancer Care Center for Anchorage residents and the surrounding communities. Here, we provide patient-focused resources and information including financial resources, patient-navigation services and support groups. We also offer a bi-monthly "Look Good, Feel Better" program.
If you would like to speak to someone about your symptoms or to find a specialist, call us at (907) 264-1431.
Common cancer conditions
Cancer disorders affect nearly all areas of the body. At the Cancer Center, located at the Medical Office Building C, Suite 414 on the Alaska Regional campus, we offer resources and consultation by appointment. Our oncologists discuss your medical history, symptoms, conduct a physical exam and order tests to determine your cancer diagnosis and plan treatment. Some cancers we may see include:
- Bladder cancer — These are cancers of the bladder.
- Breast cancer — These are cancers involving one or both breasts.
- Colorectal cancer — These are cancers that involve the rectum or colon.
- Gynecological cancer — This group of cancers involves the reproductive organs including the cervix, fallopian tubes, vagina, ovaries, endometrium, peritonea and vulvar.
- Lung cancer — This is cancer in one or both lungs.
- Pancreatic cancer — This is a group of cancers that affect the pancreatic gland or the islet cells within the pancreas that produce insulin.
- Thyroid cancer — This is cancer that develops in the butterfly-shaped gland located below the Adam's apple.
The Commission on Cancer, recognizes that our programs for their focus on prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care.
Our imaging services earned the American College of Radiologists' recognition for their expertise in using CT scans, MRIs, nuclear medicine, stereotactic breast biopsy and ultrasound procedures for effective cancer diagnoses.
Cancer treatment options we offer
We determine a cancer diagnosis with lab testing and image screening. Detecting cancer early allows doctors to start treatment sooner and in many cases stop the progress of cancer. Our diagnostic lab testing is done at our hospital.
If the evaluation warrants it, we also involve our imaging facility located on our campus. After determining your diagnosis, we create an individualized treatment plan. Once treatment is determined, your treatment may involve infusion therapy, surgical procedures and follow-up care.
Diagnostic testing and imaging screening
Our diagnostic services run the gamut from blood tests to image-guided biopsies. Some of our procedures include:
Diagnostic tests are just a few of the tools we use to evaluate your condition including:
- Complete blood counts
- Pap smear
- Thyroid-stimulating hormone test
Our radiologists use image screening for cancer diagnoses. Imaging tests we use include :
- CT scan
- Nuclear medicine
Alaska Regional Imaging Alliance
We offer imaging screening and image-guided procedures through the Alaska Regional Imaging Alliance. The Imaging Alliance handles our image screening and image-guided procedures, especially our breast health services. Some of the procedures we offer include:
- Mammography (traditional and 3D)
- Stereotactic biopsy
- Bone density scans (DEXA)
- Ultrasound-guided biopsy
- Ultrasound imaging
Infusion therapy center
Infusion therapy is the process of delivering medication through any part of the body, typically by injection. Our infusion therapy service is cost-effective. The treatment may be an alternative to the expense and inconvenience of inpatient hospitalization. Your treatment will depend on your health, cancer type and stage of cancer.
There are four types of infusion therapy including epidural, intramuscular, intravenous (IV) and subcutaneous. Our center primarily does IV infusion therapies and includes:
- Chemotherapy services
- Injectable medications
- IV hydration treatment
- IV iron therapy
- Peripherally inserted central catheter placement (PICC line)
Our surgical options include traditional surgery and minimally invasive procedures. The Alaska Regional Center for Surgical Robotics is a designated Center of Excellence in Robotics Surgery (COERS™) by Surgical Review Corporation.
Earning this designation shows our ability to consistently deliver safe, high-quality robotic procedures to our patients. Our hospital has offered state-of-the-art robotic surgery since 2005 and was one of the first hospitals in Alaska to offer this service. Benefits of robotic-assisted surgeries include:
- Less blood loss
- Less pain
- Less scaring
- Lower risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stays
- Shorter recovery time
Our surgery options include:
- General surgeries — These are traditional, open surgeries that involve completing procedures through one large incision.
- Laparoscopic surgeries — These are a type of minimally invasive, image-guided procedure. It uses a long, slender tube with a camera and surgical instruments attached. The technique inserts the tube into the body using several small incisions.
- Robotic-assisted surgeries — Surgeons use a console with enhanced imaging to guide robotic arms to complete your procedure. The robotic arms increase precision and range of motion which, at times, is greater than the human hand.