At the Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center we treat you, not just your cancer. We accomplish this by focusing not only on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, but also on improving the everyday lives of our patients and their caregivers. Our goal is to show love, give hope and show compassion as our patients fight this disease.
OUR MAIN SERVICES INCLUDE:
We have a 13-chair chemotherapy bay with individual televisions and headphones for each patient. The chemo bay offers a calming environment overlooking the Barbara Gray Howdy Meditation Garden. Our nurses have years of experience and expertise with chemotherapy administration and a majority have specialty certification in oncology.
We have extensive experience in treating blood disorders and performing blood and platelet transfusions. Blood transfusions are often given to correct anemia. Most platelet transfusions are given to help the blood clot and to prevent bleeding. Leukemia patients and those patients who have had high doses of chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants often have low platelet counts and may need platelet transfusions.
We offer radiation therapy and have recently installed a new state-of-the-art linear accelerator that will offer new treatment modalities and procedures. Our board certified radiation oncologist is in the center on a daily basis. We understand that undergoing radiation treatment is quite a burden on patients and caregivers. By offering radiation treatment here in Washington we are helping lessen that burden for anyone living close to the area. For complex radiation therapy services such as Gamma Knife or CyberKnife, we refer our patients to Greenville. We provide prostate radiation seed implantation and have one of the most robust programs in the state.
We believe that cancer treatment should keep improving so we are proud to participate in clinical trials at the Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center. Clinical trials are research studies designed to find better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer so people can live better and longer lives. Many treatment trials are conducted to determine effectiveness in drugs that are already FDA approved and/or part of a standard treatment. Frequently these studies gain information on ways to reduce the cancer risk in healthy people as well as evaluate and improve the quality of life for cancer patients. Medications, vaccines, or medical devices that are used today are the result of past clinical trials and because of this progress, cancer patients are living longer.
The Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center is committed to caring for patients throughout their cancer journey. Our “Transitions” program provides patients who have recently completed cancer treatment the opportunity to discuss their cancer treatment, follow up recommendations, and talk about any current or potential long-term effects of their treatments, including addressing psychological and social issues as well.
Cancer survivors are unique individuals. A cancer diagnosis can cause many changes to a person’s life, both during and after treatment. For most, having cancer is a life-changing experience. Although the cancer journey may not always be an easy road to travel, sometimes feeling like a labyrinth that has no exit, most are able to make the best of their travels and come out a changed person.
Stress creeps up on cancer patients and their caregivers. We head off that stress by offering services and programs which complement our state-of-the art medical treatment. Therapies include massage, yoga and art, music and pet therapy. We are constantly investigating and implementing new complementary programs that will provide additional well-being and personalized approaches for our patients. Other services offered at Marion L. Shepard are survivorship programs, nutrition, education and clinical trials.