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At Hospital, we understand that a cancer diagnosis can be stressful for both patients and their families. We offer the most current diagnosis and treatment options available for patient care, and work closely with patients and families to ensure that emotional, spiritual and informational needs are met.
Prevention and Early Detection/Community Health Education
Hospital works with the American Cancer Society, following its guidelines for early detection. The hospital provides regular free screenings for skin cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer. Free seminars from the Speaking of Health program focuses on cancer's warning signs, risk factors and other important topics.
The Tumor Board, comprising surgeons, radiologists, oncologists, and other experts in cancer diagnosis and treatment, discusses patients' cases to determine the best course of action.
Radiation Oncology Center
Our Radiation Oncology Center houses some of the most advanced medical equipment available, capable of treating all types of cancer. The center is staffed by a team of highly skilled specialists, including two full-time board-certified radiation oncologists. Radiation therapy is usually done on an outpatient basis and can be used both to cure certain cancers and to control pain.
Surgery is used as both a diagnostic tool and treatment for cancer patients. High-tech radiology equipment is used in the operating room to help define the exact size of the tumor, which is removed as either an inpatient or outpatient procedure. Top priority in scheduling is given to patients who have been diagnosed with malignant tumors.
Patients can receive chemotherapy (kills cancer cells) and biotherapy (boosts immune system) as either inpatients or outpatients. Patients and their families are taught how to manage the temporary side effects of these medications. Hospital is one of only fourteen principal sights in the country to have access to promising biological drugs early in development.
Medical Oncology Unit
Hospital's 29-bed inpatient unit on the fourth floor is dedicated to the care of cancer patients and their families in a home-like setting. The unit offers a full range of care from diagnosis through treatment. Terminal patients who prefer to be in the hospital rather than at home are also cared for in this unit. Families can visit patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Patient and Family Education
Family members and caretakers are encouraged to get involved in as much of the treatment as they are comfortable handling while the patient is in the hospital or at home.
Pastoral and Medical Social Services
To provide emotional and spiritual support to cancer patients and their families, a full-time chaplain and twelve volunteer clergy are available to assist at any stage of a patient's illness. Hospital's Medical Social Services assists patients and families with counseling services, financial assistance, discharge planning and agency referral needs. Both the Medical Social Services and Pastoral Services are available 24 hours a day to patients or family members.
The Hospice of and Hospice of Green County offer an alternative method of care for those who can no longer benefit from curative treatment. Patients can remain at home with their loved ones during the last phase of illness or can choose a long term care facility as their residence. Family members are trained in home care techniques and have access to hospice staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And, registered nurses visit patients regularly and are available for consultation 24 hours a day.
Two support groups are available for women who have breast cancer. "Reach to Recovery" is an international patient services group sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The Chapter comprises volunteers who have had breast cancer and are willing to share their experiences. The "Breast Cancer Support Group" is a group of women who meet once a month to share experiences, learn from speakers, keep up on the latest developments about breast cancer and develop strong friendships.
A patient who is diagnosed with cancer at Hospital will be followed for the rest of his life by the Hospital Cancer Registry, a computerized data system designed for the collection, management and analysis of information on patients diagnosed with and treated for cancer. This tracking is important for compiling statistics on treatments and outcomes that aid the medical staff in strategic planning and research.
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