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New cancer center a beacon of hope

Written by Community Health Network on 4/18/2014 11:55:00 AM

The doors to our new state-of-the-art cancer facility on Indiana's south side are now open. The new cancer center will bring more than world-class cancer treatment to cancer patients, it will bring hope.

Over 100 people gathered at 1440 East County Line Road yesterday as a celebratory ribbon was cut and the facility welcomed its first patients.

Leaders from Community Health Network and Greenwood Chamber of Commerce joined Indiana State Senator Brent Waltz (R), Indiana State Representative Dave Frizzell (R), Community cancer patients and employees at this momentous event. 

“Like so many families, my family has also been touched by cancer,” said Frizzell. “That’s why I’m so glad to see that families in our community will have access to world-class cancer care at Community Cancer Center South.”

Attendees heard from Community South Region President Tony Lennen, VP of Oncology Services Myra Fouts and Dr. Darrel Ross, a radiation oncologist who will be practicing at the new cancer center.

An enthusiastic speech by a former Community cancer patient and Stage IV Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma survivor was met with applause. 

"The opening of the South Cancer Center is a monumental step forward in cancer care for the south side community," said Dr. Shekar Narayanan. "Having our trained specialists and MD Anderson Cancer Network™ certified physicians working together on a daily basis, under one roof, will bring improved patient outcomes, care and experience to our cancer patients."

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony attendees enjoyed light refreshments and toured the facility. 

The new cancer center will open in phases. The Phase One opening highlights the first two floors of the 65,000 square-foot facility. A third floor dedicated to breast cancer treatment will open in late summer.

For more information about the new cancer center, visit our website or call 800.777.7775.

Infertility and testicular cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 4/17/2014 7:00:00 AM

Testosterone levels and infertility can be affected by cancer treatment, but it differs from person-to-person.

Testicular cancer normally only develops in one testicle. If that testicle is removed the other testicle can usually make enough testosterone to keep hormone levels up. The age of the person and the pretreatment gonadal function also play a large role in the testosterone level after treatment.

However, if the both testicles have been removed or if a new cancer develops, supplemental testosterone can be given. Most often this is in the form of a gel or patch that is put on the skin or a monthly shot.

Men who develop testicular cancer can also experience issues with fertility, with chemotherapy and radiation patients being at the highest risk for infertility. Patients who undergo a non-nerve-sparing retroperitoneal lymph node dissection are likely to have fertility issues due to problems with ejaculation. However, sperm banking is offered to patients prior to starting cancer treatment if fatherhood is something the patient wants to consider. Additional options, like in vitro fertilization also exist to help men father children post-treatment. 

Concerned about infertility or low hormone levels?
Call our cancer care experts at 800.777.7775 to have your questions answered.

Taking cancer care in a whole new direction

Written by Community Health Network on 4/16/2014 3:30:00 PM

Community Cancer Center South will open to the public tomorrow! Located on the Community Hospital South campus this facility is approaching cancer care in new ways.

At our new cancer center we have combined a multidisciplinary team of medical experts with state-of-the-art technology in a healing environment – all under one roof. Our coordinated approach to care enables patients to see all their care providers at one place, saving time and reducing the need for multiple appointments. Patients are supported by a team that includes an oncology social worker, oncology dietitian, financial counselors and dedicated patient navigators.

Executive Director at Community Cancer Center South, Regina Ward, and Community Health Network CEO, Bryan Mills, talk about the unique approach our facility takes to cancer care.

Visit our website for more information about Community Cancer Center South.

Cancer answers: How is testicular cancer detected?

Written by Community Health Network on 4/15/2014 7:00:00 AM

By Anuj Agarwala, MD, a Community Health Network board certified hematologist, medical oncologists and internal medicine specialists, and a MD Anderson Cancer Network™ certified physician.

Your doctor will obtain a detailed medical history from you and perform a physical examination, including an examination of the testicles. The next step is typically an ultrasound. This is a painless test in which a probe is placed over the testicle(s) and the images are evaluated by the doctor. This test alone can often determine whether or not their is cancer. However, blood work, X-rays and/or CT scans may be performed depending on your individual situation.

Ask Dr. Agarwala
Submit your cancer questions to Dr. Agarwala and other Community cancer experts to have them answered.

A look inside Community Cancer Center South

Written by Community Health Network on 4/14/2014 7:00:00 PM

Thursday, Community will open the doors to a new, world-class cancer facility on the Community Hospital South campus.

The new 65,000-square-foot facility will offer a multidisciplinary and coordinated approach to care that enables patients to see all of their cancer care providers in the same day under one roof. Patients will have access to a team of medical experts and state-of-the-art technology all in a healing environment supported by a cancer care team of oncology social workers, dietitians, financial counselors, integrative therapies and patient navigators. 

A look inside: 

  • Three floors dedicated to comprehensive patient care.
  • 16 private infusion rooms with individual temperature control and heated recliners.
  • Imaging technology including, PET CT, 3T MRI, linear accelerator, 3D mammography, ultrasound and X-ray.
  • On-site lab
  • On-site pharmacy
  • FigLeaf Boutique, the only cancer speciality boutique on the south side. (Fun fact: Every employee is a certified mastectomy fitter.) 
  • Full range of certified oncology specialists including, radiation and medical oncology, gynecologic oncology, breast care, colorectal care, head and neck care, lung care and prostate care. 
  • Music, art and massage therapies
  • Healing garden

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Appointments available!

To make an appointment with an MD Anderson Cancer Network™ certified physician at Community, call 800-777-7775 today!

Now open! Community Cancer Center South

Welcome to world-class cancer treatment on the southside of Indianapolis. Inside the 65,000 square-foot facility, you'll find state-of-the-art technology, expert oncologists, and a host of on-site amenities and features to help patients through the healing process.

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know testicular cancer affects men as young as 15? Visit our website to learn more about testicular cancer and how to protect yourself with a self-exam.

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