Ashtabula County Medical Center’s Cancer Services Department offers this area only dedicated cancer treatment facility. In many cases, treatment can be done on-site, meaning you can stay close to home, and close to family.
What is Cancer?
Cancer is a cell in the body that grows out of control. Our bodies produce cells throughout our lives. Healthy cells have a normal lifetime and will destroy themselves to make room for new cells. Cancer cells do not have a lifetime. They grow and overcome the healthy cells.
Cancer can develop in any organ or tissue. The three most common cancers for men in the United States of America are prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. The three most common cancers in women are breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.
Tests for diagnosing cancer include blood tests, biopsies, X-rays, CT scans or MRI scans. Treatment options include surgical removal of cancerous cells, diet and lifestyle changes, chemotherapy, and/or radiation. Usually treatment involves a combination of several of these treatments.
Oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with tumors, specifically cancerous tumors. Oncology includes the diagnosis, treatment, and follow up and palliative care for patients with cancer. ACMC’s Cancer Services Department includes a board certified oncologist and nurses who are certified in caring for cancer patients.
What is Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is a term used to describe any treatment that involves using chemicals to modify or destroy cancer cells. It is a common treatment, used by more than half of all people diagnosed with cancer. Your oncologist will determine what chemotherapy treatment is best for you, including which drugs are used, the length of treatment, and how often treatment is required. On-site chemotherapy treatment is coordinated with a certified oncology pharmacist, who specializes in chemotherapy preparation. Treatments are performed in a group-setting, with individual, comfortable seating, with extra chairs so a loved one can accompany the patient through treatment. Since chemotherapy involves cell-fighting drugs, there are many possible side effects. Patients should speak with their physician to learn more about side effects.
Those receiving chemotherapy may experience:
- Hair loss
- Low white blood cell count, low red cell blood count, or low platelet count.
ACMC’s Cancer Services Department offers chemotherapy to patients under the supervision of a board certified oncologist, and nurses and pharmacists who are certified in and specialize in caring for cancer patients.
Hematology is the study of the blood and diseases of the blood. ACMC’s Cancer Services Department also offers hematology diagnoses and treatments for a variety of blood abnormalities. A variety of treatment options are offered, including B12 shots, iron supplemental infusions, and medication to help with anemia. A treatment plan is developed by ACMC’s board certified hematologist, and carried out in conjunction with certified nurses and a certified pharmacist.
Physician Referral Required
A referral from your primary care physician is required prior to scheduling an appointment with ACMC’s Cancer Services.
For more information about Cancer Services at ACMC, phone 440-994-7600, or contact your Primary Care Physician to discuss a referral.