The Merle M. Mahr Cancer Center includes an experienced and dedicated team trained in providing radiation treatment to cancer patients with compassionate care. Before a patient’s first treatment, the Radiation Oncologist meets with the patient to determine what kind of radiation will be most effective.
Radiation therapy treatments are delivered in our facility using state-of-the-art equipment:
The Merle M. Mahr Cancer Center Medical Oncology department is comprised of physician practice, and chemotherapy infusion. Patients receive their needed lab and X-Rays, see the physician and receive their chemotherapy treatments most of the time on the same day.
Our registered nurses are specially trained in the most current chemotherapy agents and regimens. They act as patient advocates by providing information regarding the disease and educating on the chemo process. Certified RNs, and some with the National Certification by the Oncology Nursing Society, provide treatment follow-up to assess the patient’s chemo process. These nurses also act as a patient liaison to the physicians.
The Outpatient Infusion Center at the Merle M. Mahr Cancer Center is dedicated to meeting the needs of patients from a variety of medical settings who require infusion services, including:
Nurses are available Monday through Friday starting at 8 a.m., to help patients.
Nutrition plays a very important role in the fight against cancer. For this reason, a registered dietitian is available to all Merle M. Mahr Cancer Center patients.
Baptist Health employs a full-time chaplain who oversees the spiritual care of our patients. The Merle M. Mahr Cancer Center also is fortunate enough to have dedicated volunteer chaplains and spiritual counselors who provide services to our patients exclusively.
Road to Recovery is an American Cancer Society program that provides cancer patients with transportation to and from medical facilities for treatment. Volunteer drivers help keep them on their regular treatment schedule.
The Shelly Coffman Patient Library at the center was donated in the memory of patient Shelly Coffman, and provides patients access to computer use, the Internet and multiple Web sites related to cancer care. Also available are books, educational brochures, treatment information and more. Additionally, the Merle M. Mahr Cancer Center offers the use of wigs, free of cost to patients. The wigs are supplied to the Merle M. Mahr Cancer Center from various donors. Students from the local beauty college volunteer their time to wash and style the wigs.
The Merle M. Mahr Cancer Center currently follows approximately 60 patients who are enrolled in a clinical trial through the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, or Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. A dedicated research associate follows all patients entered on clinical trials to ensure that all requirements are met.
The Cancer Registry is a computerized database that is connected to the Kentucky Cancer Registry system, a statewide system for collection of cancer data. All cancer cases diagnosed at Baptist Health are entered into the database. Cancer Conferences are scheduled every Wednesday at noon. This provides the opportunity for a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and other cancer care providers to assemble and hear the physician discuss treatment options that are then presented to the patient by their physician.