Cancer Care in Henderson
Western Kentucky Cancer Treatments
Dealing with cancer is not a battle you need fight alone. In addition
to the support from your friends and loved ones, the knowledgeable medical
staff at Methodist Hospital is ready to help you take on this disease
and maintain a high quality of life. We work with our patients through
every stage of cancer, from diagnosis to remission. Our staff is honest
and open, and provides patients with realistic expectations and upfront
information about treatment side-effects. Knowing what it is you’re
fighting and how you’re fighting it can be very comforting. Recent
medical advancements have made the war against cancer much more optimistic,
and Methodist Hospital has equipped itself with every advantage possible.
Cancer can manifest in any part of the body, and there is no one primary
method of diagnosing cancer. In many cases, cancer is diagnosed when a
patient has a doctor examine a medical pain or abnormality, and they find
cancer during their screening. Many patients are able to catch cancer
early by visiting the doctor for routine health screenings like mammograms
and Pap smears.
Some ways you can spot cancer early are:
- Regular visits to the gynecologist
- Prostate exams
- Performing self-breast exams
- Self-examining skin for discoloration or abnormalities
- Receive regular colonoscopies after age 50
- Visit the doctor for unexplained pains and illnesses
If you spot a cancer warning sign do not panic. Visit the doctor before
jumping to conclusions and receive an official diagnosis. In most cases,
cancer is much easier to treat the earlier it is found.
If cancer is found before it has a chance to spread, doctors often recommend
surgery to have it removed. Cancer is a group of deformed cells that reproduce
and start taking over the body. In surgery, doctors remove the tumors
housing the majority of these cells and use various methods to destroy
any lingering remnants. Many patients who have cancer removed before it
spreads make a full recovery, which is why early detection of the disease
often makes such a significant difference in treatment.
Hematology is the study of blood. Hematologists’ work often overlaps
with that of oncologists’ because several forms of cancer begin
forming in the blood. A hematologist is usually involved in diagnosing
blood cancers and recommending preliminary treatments.
Cancers frequently diagnosed by hematologists include:
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Bone marrow cancer
Oncology is the primary branch of medicine involved in researching, diagnosing
and treating cancer. Doctors specializing in various specialties can diagnose
cancer, and in most cases they will refer you to a capable oncologist
to begin treatment. Oncologists are typically responsible for prescribing
chemotherapy, recommending surgery and tracking the patient’s responsiveness
to treatment. Methodist Hospital works with numerous oncologists to provide
optimum cancer treatments.
Methodist Hospital opened its state-of-the-art infusion clinic in June
of 2016. The unit is staffed by experienced registered nurses and operates
Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Extensions to these hours
are sometimes made for patients who require daily infusion services.
The facility is outfitted with comfortable chairs for patients to rest
in as they are administered chemotherapy. During your first visit to the
unit, a knowledgeable nurse will educate you on how infusion works and
what you can expect both before and after. Every nurse working in the
unit is required to pass a chemotherapy competency test every year.
Clinical Trials and Research Studies
Cancer clinical trials are research studies that find new ways to:
- Treat cancer
- Manage cancer symptoms
- Manage treatment side effects
Clinical trials are available for patients during any stage of cancer.
Patients who participate in clinical trials or research studies may benefit
from newer treatments. When you take part in a clinical trial, you may
add to our knowledge about cancer and help improve cancer care for others.
For more information on clinical trials, visit the
National Cancer Institute or the
American Cancer Society. You may also contact Methodist Hospital at 270-827-7222 or 270-827-1234.
Cancer is an unpredictable disease. Treatments that work very well on some,
may have little effect on others. Doctors rarely recommend one method
of treating cancer nowadays, instead opting to try a variety of methods
and customize treatment based on what proves most effective. Integrative
cancer therapy combines western medicine with alternative medicine. Many
patients and doctors have found that combining traditional treatments
with additional action that focuses on the patient rather than the disease
can make a tremendous difference in the patient’s ability to recover.
Integrative therapy encourages interested patients to try things like acupuncture,
specialized diets and alternative medicine to improve their mental and
physical wellbeing. While these methods alone have little chance of curing
cancer, using them in conjunction with standard treatments give patients
a full arsenal for fighting their disease. Methodist Hospital does offer
integrative therapies for interested patients.
The Methodist Hospital Cancer program has been officially accredited by
the Commission of Cancer (COC). This means we have been recognized for
offering comprehensive, high quality cancer treatment that focuses on
patients. With our multidisciplinary team of medical experts, we do all
in our power to help patients recover and live comfortably. With our affiliation
with the COC, we have access to important tools that allow us to better
track how our treatments work as a whole.
When you need cancer care in Western Kentucky, visit Methodist Hospital
for compassionate care from a proven medical team.