Cancer Care

Cancer Care

Radiation Oncology: (316) 962-2920
Surgery: (316) 962-3773

Wesley offers a wide array of technology, including the Gamma Knife and the Trilogy therapy units, offering the most advanced radiation treatments for cancer. The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is also available for more precise, less invasive surgical procedures.

Wesley provides broad spectrum of advanced diagnostic and treatment services for cancer patients, both inpatient and outpatient, all at one centrally-located facility. Acute care, intensive care and emergency care are also available. Supportive services help patients and their families with the physical and emotional demands of their illness and follow-up care.

Decades of experience and research contribute to the quality of care at Wesley.

Diagnosis and treatment

  • All major cancers are treated, including breast, lung, prostate, neurological, and gastrointestinal cancers.
  • A multidisciplinary approach to care involves radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and surgeons.
  • Oncology nurses receive Oncology Nursing Society training and certification.
  • Chemotherapy administration is provided on weekends as well as weekdays.

Radiation Oncology

  • Diagnostic services utilize radiological and radioisotope technology.
  • Gamma Knife, a well-established and accurate treatment unit for radiosurgery, uses a single dose of radiation to treat certain types of tumors in the head with minimal harm to surrounding tissue.
  • The Trilogy uses the latest in imaging technology, along with an advanced linear accelerator, to deliver highly specific radiation therapy with few side effects.
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) utilizes CT, MRI, and PET imaging with computer-aided treatment planning.
  • 3D conformal radiation therapy reduces the risk of radiating healthy tissue.
  • A complete brachytherapy program has both low-dose rate and high-dose rate modalities.
  • Two linear accelerators enable precision therapy with recording and verification of treatment sessions.

Surgery

  • The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System enables physicians to operate much more precisely, causing less blood loss and postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.
  • Surgical technology includes StealthStation Treatment Guidance Platform for precise neurosurgery.
  • Surgical nursing and support staff are experienced and highly trained.

Oncology units

  • Wesley's Gynecological Oncology Unit won the 2002 Quality Of Life Award given by Wichita Medical Research and Education Foundation for outstanding nursing care and ongoing support of patients and families.
  • The Surgical/Oncology Unit staff are trained and experienced in care of cancer patients, including those who have complicating illnesses.

Pediatric Unit

  • The pediatric sedation team provides relief from anxiety and pain during procedures.
  • Child-life specialists and pediatric nurses help reduce children’s stress and promote positive interaction during treatment.
  • A Ronald McDonald Family Room on the same floor as the Pediatric Unit, and a Ronald McDonald House on campus help support families.

Patient convenience and comfort

  • Pain management includes patient-controlled analgesia and a multidisciplinary palliative care team.
  • Pastoral care chaplains are in-house 24 hours daily.
  • Members of Wesley's Wesley Friends organization who live in the Wichita area can receive free transportation to and from medical appointments.
  • Wesley's Senior Resource Center provides information about disease, recovery, prevention, and services available.
  • The new, low-cost Wesley Inn across the street from the hospital provides convenient housing for out-of-town patients and families.

Recovery assistance

  • The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Wesley treats hard-to-heal wounds resulting from surgery or radiation.
  • Care coordinators provide support, discharge planning, and referrals to support groups and other services.
  • Cancer patients are seen in Wesley’s gynecological, medical, surgical and pediatric outpatient clinics.
  • Rehabilitation services include physical, occupational, speech/language pathology, and audiology therapy.

Research

  • Wesley participates in research with the Community Clinical Oncology Program, Children’s Oncology Group, and the Cancer Registry.