It's news no one wants to hear. But if cancer should touch you or a loved
one, you'll want to fight it by having the latest treatment options and most
compassionate, highly trained professionals caring for you. Truman Medical
Centers has these, and offers the following oncology services:
The Oncology Clinic at
provides patients with knowledgeable, personalized, compassionate care
throughout their cancer experience.
The patients are seen by Registered Nurses who are specially trained
in caring for oncology patients.
Two of these RN's are Oncology Certified Nurses.
Services include: Staff physician and Fellow clinics throughout each
week, chemotherapy, biotherapy and immunotherapy, blood and blood product
transfusions, phlebotomy and bone marrow biopsies.
The clinic RN's and clerical staff provides patients and families with
emotional support as well as assisting them to get access to greatly needed
resources. One to one education
and educational materials are continually provided from diagnosis through
treatment and follow up.
Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For information, call
The 4-Blue inpatient nursing unit (capacity 19 patients) provides
comprehensive, quality, compassionate nursing care to oncology patients with
acute, chronic and terminal diseases. The medical team uses a
multidisciplinary approach -- our team of doctors brings together the
medical specialists you need to plan and implement your care. Our cancer
specialists also keep your primary care physician informed of your progress
every step of the way. For more information call
Patient Navigator is a free service that can help you or your loved one
through cancer diagnosis and treatment. Patient Navigator provides:
- Emotional support and guidance
- Volunteers to help patients â€œnavigateâ€
through cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Help with transportation and cell phones,
for those who do not have home phones
- Information on treatment, side effects of
medication, hair loss and wigs, nutrition and
For more information about this program, call
TMC's Cancer Registry is responsible for collection, management, analysis
and reporting of patients diagnosed with cancer, and is active with helping
the Medical Centers maintain its certification with the Commission on
Using special software, the registry collects demographic data,
diagnostic and treatment information on more than 5,300 cases diagnosed
since 1995. The registry also provides lifelong follow-up on a patient. The
registry has maintained a 92 percent rate following 2,000 patients
throughout the United States.
Data housed in the registry is often requested by physicians and staff for
use in research and administration for grant support.
For more information about the Cancer Registry, please call
Cancer Study -
Oncology Social Work Services
Oncology social workers specialize in helping patients and families who
are facing a cancer diagnosis. These social workers are uniquely qualified
to offer such interventions based on academic preparation, clinical
experience, and specialized knowledge of the cancer experience. TMC provides
a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in oncology to provide
services to our cancer patients, both in the hospital and at home.
families facing the challenges of a cancer
diagnosis, benefit from counseling interventions
and a comprehensive evaluation of their
psychosocial needs. Services provided to our
patients/ families include psychosocial
assessment of needs, supportive counseling to
aid in the adjustment to illness, grief/
bereavement counseling, financial assistance,
discharge planning, placements and information/
referral to community resources. For further
information, please call