We’re fighting cancer right here at home. And we’re winning.
When you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, you have some big decisions to make. You’re in for a fight—so you want an experienced team of experts. And because you may need frequent treatments or consultations, you want that fight to take place on your home turf. In addition, we regularly participate in innovative clinical trials that, depending on your condition, could give you access to breakthrough cancer-fighting practices. We’re committed to giving it everything we’ve got, every step of the way.
Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center
Our Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center is more like home than a hospital. Our infusion bay offers 10 treatment bays overlooking our garden, moveable privacy panels, private TVs, and a room for family and friends. Patients can receive chemotherapy on our outside patio. We offer onsite radiation therapy, a note-taking service during consultations, help with scheduling, nutritional counseling, complimentary lunch on the day of treatment, after-treatment support group, art therapy, yoga classes, and a boutique gift shop.
Our Oncology Team
The Cancer Center is home to some of the area’s top cancer specialists: experienced doctors, oncology nurses, radiologists, and support staff who know the latest breakthroughs in detecting cancer and developing the individualized treatment plan that works for you. All coordinated with the help of your personal nurse navigator, so you always have a guide and an advocate for your health. Our team is expert in the most current methods of radiation and medical oncology, as well as innovative new methods—offering comprehensive cancer care right near home.
The goal of this form of cancer treatment is to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Most of your body’s healthy cells recover from radiation treatment. At Hancock Health, we protect these cells by limiting radiation dosage and spreading treatment over time. We shield as much of your body as possible while targeting the cancer.
Types of Radiation Therapy
External radiation therapy. We direct painless beams of high-energy radiation to the affected area using our state-of-the art linear accelerator. You get treatments once a day over a period of weeks. The area for radiation therapy is often marked with a tiny tattoo, smaller than a freckle, so that the treatment site is consistent throughout the therapy sessions. Internal radiation therapy. Sometimes called brachytherapy, this treatment directs small amounts of radioactive material into the tissue where the cancer has been detected. We may use seeds, wires, or radioactive material placed into a body cavity to deliver these doses of radiation. Brachytherapy occurs over a shorter period because the radiation stays in a small area near the cancerous tissue.
When medicine is used to fight cancer, we call it chemotherapy or medical oncology. Patients receive chemotherapy differently depending on their cancer, their treatment plan, and the drugs they’ve been prescribed. Some medications can be taken at home, but other medications require an infusion in a controlled setting.
Adult patients who are currently in or have completed treatment may join our cancer support group—a supportive environment for sharing support as well coping skills, ideas, and tips that help throughout the process. The group is free and meets Mondays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. except on holidays. To register, call (317) 325-2617.