It goes without saying, receiving a cancer diagnosis is life changing. The initial shock is accompanied by a flood of uncertainty, fear and anxiety. Questions consume you; Has it spread? Is it life threatening? How will this affect my job, relationships, quality of life? Can I beat it? In the midst of all the unpredictability, we want you to be confident that the best treatment available is with your local cancer care center at Greater Regional Health.
Top Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Cancer Care Center
When you’re faced with a life-changing event, it can take time to decide which hospital and provider is going to be the best fit for you. You’ll be spending a lot of time with this person - they will be with you for the good and bad times throughout this journey, so it’s important to ask the right questions about your specific type of cancer and what your cancer therapy options are.
Should you seek out an oncologist or a hospital that specializes in cancer treatment?
Many patients wonder what they should look for first - do they seek out a specific cancer treatment facility then find a cancer specialist they like there? Or should they be searching specifically for oncologists, even if they’re at different locations? The answer to these questions could depend on the type of cancer therapy you need, whether there’s a cancer treatment facility that specializes in the care you need and your ability to travel for treatment.
Do you need to act quickly and start cancer therapy right away?
For some types of cancer, it’s essential to start treatment and tackle the problem as soon as possible. With some cancer therapy plans, you’ll have more flexibility, so you can take your time consulting with multiple oncologists before determining the right option for you.
How much experience does the cancer care center have?
Obviously you’ll want to know how often the facility you choose has performed the type of cancer treatments you’ll need and what type of cases they specialize in. Most cancer care centers have an assortment of cancer therapy options, but it’s great to double check their experience. Asking about their history with clinical trials is also important to check with a doctor if it’s something you would consider.
What type of payment options does the facility offer?
For medical visits, it's always important to ask your cancer care center what types of insurance plans they accept and what payment options are available. This can be one of the most daunting things about cancer therapy, and you don’t want to add that stress to your situation.
What support services does the cancer treatment facility offer?
Before deciding which cancer care center is right for you, make sure they have other benefits and services you may need. Ask if they have social workers, a dietician, support or therapy groups and other staff services you’re looking for. Also take into consideration if they have rooms for your family to stay or if there are hotels nearby the cancer treatment facility.
What to Expect When You Start Cancer Treatment at Greater Regional Health
Our hospital has made it a priority to have cancer specialists on staff. Finding expert cancer therapy at a convenient location is one less thing our cancer patients have to worry about. Our cancer treatment facility offers many types of care, and once you’re diagnosed, you’ll work with a medical oncologist or radiation oncologist to determine next steps and best treatment tactics. Your cancer specialist will recommend one or more of the following strategies during your cancer therapy:
- Radiation Therapy
- Targeted Therapy
- Hormone Therapy
Our Cancer Treatment Facility & Partnerships
The cancer specialists at our cancer care center are available right here in Creston five days a week. We have five radiation oncologists traveling from Mercy One Cancer Center in Des Moines and two medical oncologists rotating in from Medical Oncology Hematology Associates in Des Moines. We partner with these cancer treatment facilities to ensure our patients outside of the Des Moines suburbs are receiving the exact same quality cancer therapy options as patients from the city.
Our cancer patients work with these cancer specialists on a regular basis and rely on them to create a custom, individualized plan based on their unique needs. With specialized cancer therapy options at a local facility, identical to the offerings of a Des Moines cancer care center, we can provide our patients expert care without the inconvenience of making so many distant trips!
Fast Facts About the Cancer Therapy Options at the Greater Regional Cancer Care Center
Breast Cancer. There are more than 200,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Treatment will vary depending on the stage of the cancer, but could include chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery.
Prostate Cancer. This is a very common type of cancer with over 3 million U.S. cases reported per year. In aggressive stages of prostate cancer, treatment options could include radiation, surgery, hormone therapy, chemotherapy and/or other treatment plans.
Bladder Cancer. This type of cancer usually affects older adults, and is not as common with less than 200,000 cases in the U.S. every year. Typical treatment procedures for bladder cancer include surgery, biological therapy and/or chemotherapy.
Head & Neck Cancer. With fewer than 200,000 head and neck cancer cases per year in the U.S., this is another uncommon disease. This type of cancer can be controlled with surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy treatments.
Brain Cancer. There are over 200,000 brain cancer reports in the U.S. every year. Treatments will vary depending on the stage and location of the tumor, but could include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.
Endometrial Cancer. This is a rare form of uterine cancer that affects less than 200,000 women in the U.S. each year. Depending on the stage of endometrial cancer, treatment may require chemotherapy or radiation, but the most common solution is surgery to remove the uterus.
Metastatic Bone & Brain Cancer. Metastatic cancer is when the original infection spreads to an area other than the originally affected site. Greater Regional treats metastatic bone and brain cancer with chemotherapy or hormonal therapy depending on where the cancer has spread and how severe it is.
Lung Cancer. With over 200,000 yearly cases of lung cancer in the U.S., this is a fairly common disease. Treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, drug therapy and/or immunotherapy solutions
Skin Cancer. There are many types of skin cancer, which can determine the type of treatment you receive. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy are the most common treatment methods used.
Pancreatic Cancer. As a rare type of cancer, there are less than 200,000 reports of pancreatic cancer in the U.S. each year. Your doctor may recommend treatments like surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.
Esophageal & Stomach Cancer. Both of these types of cancer are rare with less than 200,000 U.S. cases per year. Esophageal and stomach cancer is commonly treated with surgery, but could also involve medications, radiation and chemotherapy.
Get Expert, Personalized Cancer Therapy at Greater Regional Health’s Cancer Treatment Facility
The cancer specialists at Greater Regional Health can perform effective tests and diagnosis, giving our local residents medical expertise at a convenient cancer care center location. Our cancer therapy staff will be there to support the patients and their families throughout this difficult journey. Reach out to our providers or schedule an appointment today!