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Cancer Care

Cancer Care

Wesley provides a 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.

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 chemotherapy 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 a 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 Surgical System enables physicians to operate with much more precision, causing less blood loss and postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.
  • The surgical/oncology unit staff are trained and experienced in care of cancer patients, including those who have complicating illnesses.

Pediatric Unit

Patient convenience and comfort

  • Pain management includes patient-controlled analgesia.
  • Pastoral care chaplains are in-house 24 hours daily.
  • Wesley’s Senior Resource Center provides information about disease, recovery, prevention, and services available.
  • The 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.
  • Case managers 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.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure(r) organization is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion into education and research since its inception in 1982. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find a cure.

As part of the organization’s movement, the Komen Wichita Race for the Cure® was started in 1990 by the Junior League of Wichita. The Wichita race was the first Komen co-ed race and the 4th race in Komen history. The first year’s race proceeds started the Komen Free Mammography Program that continues today and has provided more than 26,000 free mammograms in the state of Kansas. In 1993, the newly established Susan G. Komen for the Cure Kansas Affiliate took ownership of the race and has since continued to hold the annual event.

Wesley Medical Center has been a sponsor of the Komen Wichita Race for the Cure since 2005 and is currently the presenting sponsor of the annual race.

Visit www.komenkansas.org to learn more about the Susan G. Komen organization and it’s outreach efforts.