Cancer Treatment in Kansas and Missouri

Radiation therapychemotherapy, non-chemotherapy agents, and surgery stand as the cornerstone modalities in cancer treatment. At Central Care Cancer Center, we champion a collaborative approach, fostering a deep connection between patients, referring physicians, and our dedicated team of cancer specialists—comprised of Radiation Oncologists and Medical Oncologists. Through this vital team synergy, patients can trust in receiving the most tailored
and holistic cancer care available across Kansas and Missouri.

Our commitment extends beyond treatment alone. Central Care Cancer Center coordinates with a diverse array of healthcare professionals throughout your journey, ensuring comprehensive support services that address your physical, emotional, and financial needs.

As part of our patient-centric care philosophy, we offer a range of treatment options, personalized to each individual’s unique circumstances. Central Care Cancer Center’s offerings include:

Central Care Cancer Center is dedicated to providing cutting-edge treatment options tailored to support you through every step of your cancer journey. Our unwavering commitment to excellence, efficiency, and compassionate care ensures that you receive the support you need to navigate through treatment and emerge as a survivor.

Treatment Specifics
Often cancer treatment involves chemotherapy as part of the multi-modality approach of cancer care. Some tumors are particularly sensitive to specialized drugs, which are designed to precisely combat the cancer at its site of origin and possibly its roots of spread. This powerful tool has to be given often in a very precise and timely manner in conjunction with other prescribed modalities.  

Central Care Cancer Center Oncology Unit is staffed with professionals trained to meet the specific needs of each patient. Central Care participates in national treatment protocols. Both inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy services are available.

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We aspire to encourage you through your journey, support you through your choices, celebrate your victories, and hope for a better tomorrow.

We know you have a lot of questions and hopefully we can answer some of them for you here.  Chemotherapy and You is written with you in mind – someone who is currently receiving or about to receive chemotherapy for cancer.

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Radiation Therapy Treatment incorporates high-energy radiation to target tumors and kill cancer cells.

Central Care Cancer Center utilizes the most current radiation therapy technology. Applying advances in imaging, patient positioning and targeting, our physicians are able to focus radiation directly on the affected area with minimal dose to surrounding tissues.  Central Care Cancer Center offers systems optimized to deliver every type of external beam therapy including:

  • Stereotactic Procedures
  • Osteoarthritis Treatment

Our expert physicians combined with our access to state-of-the-art technology will provide you with the most advanced treatment options for the best possible outcomes.

External Radiation
External radiation is delivered by a radiation therapist using a machine called a linear accelerator. The treatment beam is only on for a matter of seconds, although it is not measured by time. The linear accelerator runs on electricity, so when the machine is turned off there is no radiation in the treatment room.

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Internal Radiation
Internal radiation is called Brachytherapy (“break – ee – therapy”). Brachytherapy is delivered using a radiation source, such as Cesium or Iridium, which is implanted into the body. Brachytherapy can be delivered in a short amount of time or as a permanent implant which will decay over time, slowing releasing radiation as it decays similar to an extended-release medication.

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Meet The Tru BeamSTx
The new TrueBeam STx system from Varian Medical Systems is an advanced radiosurgery solution for treating cancer. A game-changing leap in innovation, it performs many different treatment techniques such as stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). With its power and flexibility, clinicians can now develop treatments that are best suited for patients’ individual circumstances.  Two of our clinics have a TruBeamSTx – one located at Heartland Cancer Center in Garden City, KS and the other at Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center in Bolivar, MO. 

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Central Care Cancer Center provides Radiation Therapy at the following locations: Emporia, Garden City, Great Bend, and Bolivar, Mo.

We know you have a lot of questions and hopefully we can answer some of them for you here.  Radiation Treatment and You is written with you in mind – someone who is currently receiving or about to receive radiation therapy for cancer.

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Immunotherapy harnesses the body’s natural defenses to bolster the immune system, often resulting in fewer and less severe side effects compared to alternative cancer treatments. Nevertheless, individual experiences vary, and while many may encounter milder side effects, others might face more severe side effects.

Side effects of any cancer treatment can be physical as well as emotional, and some can be prevented while others may be managed. Knowing what to expect, and what to do if side effects do occur, will make your treatment experience more manageable. If you feel better, you are more likely to finish your treatment as planned by your treatment team. Ask your medical team about the side affects you can expect with immunotherapy, and when they are likely to occur.

The following are some side effects associated with immunotherapy:

  • Immune-mediated adverse reactions are not common but can occur and tend to be the most serious of the possible side effects. This type of reaction occurs when the immune system is overstimulated by the treatment and may cause inflammation, swelling or redness, which may be painful. Following are some of the systems affected by immune-mediated adverse reactions and common symptoms:
    • Endocrine (endocrinopathies): hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, extreme fatigue, persistent or unusual headaches
    • Gastrointestinal (colitis): diarrhea with or without bleeding, abdominal pain, bowel perforation
    • Neurologic (neuropathies): numbness or tingling, sensory overload or sensory deprivation

Surgery stands as the oldest treatment method for cancer, playing a crucial role in both diagnosis and staging—determining the cancer’s extent. Modern practices prioritize minimally invasive techniques, aiming to remove tumors while preserving normal function to the greatest extent possible. For numerous cancer types, surgery presents the best opportunity for a cure, particularly when the cancer remains localized. Hence, the majority of individuals with cancer undergo some form of surgical intervention.

When is surgery used?

Surgery can be performed in a cancer patient for many reasons. They include: Preventative, Diagnostic, Staging, Curative, Debulking, Palliative, Supportive, and Reconstructive.

Surgery is only one part of a patient’s treatment plan. For example, breast cancer treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Sometimes radiation therapy is used as adjuvant therapy to make your primary treatment more effective. For example, you can be treated with radiation therapy (the adjuvant treatment) before surgery (the primary treatment) to help shrink the cancer and allow less radical surgery than would otherwise be required, or you may be treated with radiation after surgery to destroy microscopic cells that may have been left behind.

Skin cancer treatment options often focus on outpatient surgery as a primary option, to remove the cancerous growth entirely when detected early.

Teamwork and continuous communication between the patient, the referring physician, surgeon, radiation oncologist and medical oncologist will assure that the patient will receive the most comprehensive, customized treatment for their cancer.

Central Care Cancer Center have joined forces with NCORP-KC (Community Oncology Research Program) to provide patients at participating locations with the latest in cancer research and care.  Eligible Central Care Cancer Center patients can enroll in selected NCORP-KC sponsored clinical trials, receive second opinions and consultations and participate in on-site outreach and education programs.