At Georgetown Cancer Center, we recognize that your quality of life throughout the course of your cancer treatment requires a multitude of support and energy. As part of the personal care and consideration our patients deserve, we offer a broad range of resources, support mechanisms and ancillary services to help manage the many components of treatment, so patients can focus their attention on getting well. Having these services offered right here in Georgetown is an important factor to our patient care. It allows patients to stay close to home, near family and their support network. It saves commute time, lowers their stress and conserves a patient’s energy that is better spent resting and recovering.
Treatments vary from patient to patient depending on many factors. Some patients whose cancer is discovered in the early stages may only need minor treatment. Others may require more advanced treatment.
TREATMENT | Chemotherapy
The Infusion Center, in the heart of the Georgetown Cancer Center, offers numerous types of chemotherapy overseen by an oncologist/hematologist, who tailors and coordinates the unique treatment of each patient so the individual care they receive is the best possible outcome. The Infusion Center houses a chemotherapy suite with six private rooms that have a television and comfortable chairs for both patients and visitors.
The types of infusion available include various chemotherapy treatments, IV fluids, blood transfusions and supportive medicines.
TREATMENT | Clinical Trials
Every Georgetown Cancer Center patient has access to clinical trials through the reputable UK Markey Cancer Center, Kentucky’s only National Cancer Institute designated cancer center. Together, Georgetown Cancer Center and UK Markey Cancer Center will work with patients and their families to determine if a clinical trial is a good option.
TREATMENT | Skin, Wound and Ostomy Care
Depending upon the type of cancer and the length of treatment, sometimes patients have issues that require additional care. At Georgetown Cancer Center we have a full-time wound and ostomy nurse who works closely with you and your care team. As an expert in wound and ostomy care, your nurse provides education and support both before and after certain procedures or treatments. The goal is prevention first, by recommending appropriate measures to avert and manage skin breakdown related to immobility, fragile skin, incontinence and/or radiation therapy. Your nurse may also provide recommendations to patients or family members for a variety of needs, when you return home, such as, caring for new or existing ostomies, assisting with correcting or containing fecal or urinary incontinence, or introducing cost-effective management measures through various services. Click here to meet Stephane, our wound ostomy nurse.
TREATMENT | Rehabilitation
The Rehabilitation Team at Georgetown Cancer Center offers physical, occupational and speech therapies for all ages. Our highly trained clinicians perform evaluations that include medical history and physical examination, to determine each patient’s needs. We then work with the patients to develop an individualized rehabilitation plan to promote functional gains and achieve their maximum potential.
Our rehabilitation program highlights education of cancer treatment side effects, exercise guidelines, lymphedema prevention and overall expectations for therapy and outcome. Rehabilitation plans include targeted therapeutic exercises to address strength or range of motion deficits the patient may have, progressive cardiovascular activities to address endurance issues and functional activities to promote returning to work or regular daily activities without difficulty. A Home Exercise Program (HEP) may also be developed to promote increased activity outside of therapy sessions and help the patient self-manage their progress. We strive to make every effort in assisting our patients to return to their lifestyles and improve their quality of life.