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Cancer Specialist

Ormond Internal Medicine

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Volusia County, Ormond Beach, FL

There are more than 100 types of cancer. As recently as 2018, over 600,000 people in America died from cancer, and 1.7 million people received a cancer diagnosis. Thanks to research and technological advances, however, the survival rates are growing. At Ormond Internal Medicine in Ormond Beach, Florida, physician Gail van Diepen, DO, and her team support their patients through the cancer treatment process, offering comprehensive, integrative care that includes conventional and alternative medicine techniques. If you’re seeking medical help for cancer, call the practice or visit the website to schedule a consultation.

Cancer Q & A

What is cancer?

Cancer is the name for a group of diseases that grow abnormal cells in the body. Usually, the body replaces itself with new cells on average every 10 years. Cancer develops when the old cells don’t die and instead form new, abnormal cells. These cells divide and grow at an uncontrolled rate, destroying healthy cell tissue. Sometimes these cells fuse to form a tumor. 

A cancer diagnosis is life-changing. Dr. van Diepen and her team guide and support you through this challenging time and work with you on a treatment plan.

What are the different types of cancer?

Doctors classify cancer in five different ways depending on where it originates.


Leukemia starts in the blood and blood-forming tissues. Common symptoms include being unable to fight infection, chronic fatigue, and bruising easily.


Lymphomas begin in the immune system. The two subtypes of lymphomas are Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This previously fatal cancer is now curable thanks to technological advances.


Carcinomas start in the skin or internal organ tissues. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are two of the most common forms of skin cancer.


Sarcomas form in bone and connective tissues such as fat, muscle, and cartilage. They’re a rare form of cancer, but people who have sarcoma in their family are more at risk of developing it themselves.

Central nervous system cancers

Central nervous system tumors begin in the brain or spinal cord. The tumors can be cancerous or benign. Cancerous tumors can spread to other parts of the body. 

If you have new symptoms that are worrying you, call Ormond Internal Medicine and schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns.

How do you treat cancer?

Traditionally, conventional medicine treatments were considered the only way to treat cancer. However, the last few decades have seen practitioners use integrative medicine techniques that combine medication with alternative practices. Cancer treatment options include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Bone-marrow transplants
  • Surgery
  • Hormone therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Dietary changes

 With the right medical attention, more people are surviving cancer than ever before. Dr. van Diepen and her team have training in cancer treatments and management and are with you every step of the way, focusing on your healing and recovery. Schedule a consultation today through the website or by calling the practice.