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University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center radiation oncology services offer area cancer patients leading-edge care close to home

Thursday, October 24, 2013

UH Seidman Cancer Center facility provides radiation treatment for 90 - 95 percent of tumors

GEAUGA COUNTYUniversity Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center began offering UH Seidman Cancer Center radiation oncology services in November 2012. Since then, together with its chemotherapy Infusion Center the hospital has been providing comprehensive, leading-edge cancer care to patients in Geauga County and the surrounding region.

The increased accessibility of radiation therapy close to home was good news to patients like Dorothy Long of Chardon. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, had a lumpectomy and then underwent chemotherapy treatments and a mastectomy when the cancer aggressively returned several years later.

“They wanted me to have radiation, and I told my chemo doctor I was going to UH Geauga Medical Center because it was convenient for me,” says Ms. Long, 81. “I went every day for six weeks starting this past January. I was in pretty bad shape for a while, so I was relieved I didn’t have to travel far. Everyone in the Radiation Oncology Department was so compassionate and caring. They were there for me no matter what I needed.”

Radiation treatments are used to destroy malignant cancer cells and shrink tumors. “We manage breast, lung, prostate, bladder, pancreatic and bladders cancers; and gastrointestinal, brain and many gynecologic tumors here,” says Tithi Biswas, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, UH Geauga Medical Center. “Up to 95 percent of cancerous tumors can be treated on an outpatient basis and, unlike many other facilities, if a patient is admitted to the hospital during the course of their radiation they can usually continue treatments without any issues.”

The hospital’s radiation oncology team provides access to a level of expertise that matches the care available at UH Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland. “The UH Geauga Medical Center facility is state-of-the-art with a wonderful staff, equivalent to what we have here at UH Case Medical Center’s main campus,” says Rodney J. Ellis, MD, Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, Department of Radiation Oncology, UH Seidman Cancer Center and a specialist in prostate cancer. “We’re now able to offer the latest external beam radiotherapy and MRI-based seed implant procedure to prostate cancer patients in the Geauga County community.”

Dorothy Long’s outcome is one of the new facility’s many cancer care success stories. “My last follow-up went very well and I’m considering myself a breast cancer survivor,” she says. “It’s like I’m starting a new life and each day I get stronger. I’m very grateful to the radiation physicians, nurses and staff at UH Geauga Medical Center. It’s wonderful to have a facility of this quality here in Geauga County for patients living with cancer.”

To learn more about UH Seidman Cancer Center radiation oncology services at UH Geauga Medical Center, call 440-285-7757.

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