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Community Health Network launches Indiana’s first exclusive local affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network™

Collaboration means certified oncologists at Community Hospitals North and East will bring new hope for local cancer patients

eHealth Radio: Cancer answers

Community's experts discuss how patients will benefit from access to the expertise and protocols of MD Anderson Cancer Network. Listen now!

May 16, 2013 - WTHR health reporter Ann Marie Tiernon features Community's new affiliation with the MD Anderson Cancer Network. She interviewed Community Health Network oncologist Dr. Sumeet Bhatia, an MD Anderson-certified physician, and Myra Fouts, vice president of oncology services, about how Community and MD Anderson are changing the way cancer is treated in Central Indiana. Watch video >>

November 2012 - Community Hospital North and Community Hospital East will be affiliates of MD Anderson Cancer Network™, a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. This collaboration will provide certified physicians at these two Community hospitals with access to evidence-based guidelines, treatment plans and concordance studies developed by MD Anderson experts. Full story >>

Meeting a colon cancer specialist: What you need to know

First of all, it's ok to be nervous when meeting a colorectal cancer surgeon. You have the right to be. I have been on that side of the table with family members and it can be overwhelming. The most important thing to remember is that we are on your side.

You will be met by the surgeon in a consultation room for an initial discussion. We will review the medical reports, pathology, X-rays, CT scans or anything else that is relevant. There is often conversation about the role of a colorectal cancer surgeon as well as his experience, training and reason for going into the field. We must build a trust together.

Next, you may be taken to an exam room to a have quick look at your stomach area or sometimes your backside (rectal area). This is done not to embarrass you, but to be sure that we understand the location of the cancer or polyp and that the type of surgery is appropriate for the location. We finish back in the consultation room (family is also encouraged to participate!) to discuss the exam findings and gameplan for surgery. This is YOUR time. Ask questions, bring articles etc. No question is stupid!

We will provide information about the surgery, its risks and benefits, time in the hospital and recovery time. Diagrams are often used to make it easier to understand. Don't be intimidated by terms like "laparoscopic" (camera surgery), robotic or minimally-invasive (smaller or no incisions). These are simply terms for specialty type surgeries designed to help the patient get back to work and to their families faster and with less pain! The key to the visit is trust and building that lifetime bond.

It’s a fight…… we are here to fight with you.

Shekar Narayanan, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Colorectal cancer surgeon specialist

Community Health Network to broaden its scope for cancer treatment with the new Community Regional Cancer Center-South on the campus of Community Hospital South

Community Health Network will bring a comprehensive and integrated approach to cancer care and treatment in the South Central Indiana market, when it opens the new Community Regional Cancer Center-South on the campus of Community Hospital South in early 2014. Community Health Network leaders broke ground for the new center today, beginning a strategic focus of regional growth for the network. Full story >>

Community Regional Cancer Care

Lung cancer screenings

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Usually occurring later in life, it is rarely observed in people under the age of 45-50 years. Risk factors include smoking cigarettes and exposure to second hand smoke and asbestos fibers. This ultra low-dose CT lung screening will show the lung tissue in high diagnostic quality detail with a reduced amount of ionizing radiation. Learn more >>

“When the doctor says, ‘You have cancer,’ it is not unusual for patients to experience intense emotional and even physical reactions. Cancer can change everything in our lives. It can change our life plans. It can threaten previously stable financial plans. It can even challenge our faith.” - Quality of Life Foundation

The medical and radiation oncologists, hematologists, nurses, and clinical and administrative team of Community Regional Cancer Care are dedicated to providing a comprehensive and integrated cancer care program that will enable you and your family to receive a full continuum of services—from early detection and screening through the latest treatment options. Our physicians and staff are here to meet the physical and emotional needs of you and your family.

Community Regional Cancer Care is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Our goal is to provide you the resources and services you need all under one roof. This hospital-centered program provides you access to clinical trials within medical oncology, hematology, quality-of-life, and radiation oncology.

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