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Monday, March 10, 2014
Our team of hematologists/oncologists, fellowship-trained surgeons and experienced nurses are here for one purpose: to help you beat cancer and enjoy a healthy life as a survivor.
We offer you access to some of the brightest medical minds in the Tristate region with a seamless, multidisciplinary care delivery approach that ensures your entire medical team is on the same page and gives you the personalized attention you deserve. We understand how stressful the cancer diagnosis, treatment and follow-up process can be and do our best to alleviate that stress and worry.
Our robust team of ?teaching physicians? also educates the next generation of doctors and conducts important research at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.
Inpatient Services,surgical care and inpatient procedures, including intensive chemotherapy, are performed at UC Health University Hospital, a 650-bed academic health center-based hospital that provides technologically advanced care to more than 600,000 patients annually.
The cancer team treats approximately 20,000 patients annually and registered more than 1,500 new patients each year.
In the hospital?s 35-bed Surgical Intensive Care Unit, 24-hour physician and hospital coverage are provided to monitor complex patient recovery, which improves post-surgical outcomes and minimizes the chance for potentially danger complications to go undetected.
University Hospital has been consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of ?America?s Best Hospitals.?
In 2009, the otolaryngology?head and neck surgery team based at the hospital was noted for excellence. This is the tenth consecutive year the hospital has ranked in the listing.
UC Health is the only medical center in Greater Cincinnati to offer:partial laparoscopic kidney-sparing cancer surgery, minimally invasive lung surgery (thoracoscopic lobectomy) without rib spreading, minimally invasive esophagus cancer surgery (esophagectomy), cytoreduction HIPEC procedure for advanced appendix, colorectal and ovarian cancers, DIEP (deep inferior epigastric perforator) microsurgical breast reconstruction
Experimental Cancer Trials
UC Health is also the only medical center within 120-miles of Greater Cincinnati to offer adult phase-1 experimental treatments for patients with advanced cancers that have failed standard and salavage cancer therapies. These treatment modalities are typically used in humans for the first time after the underlying scientific principles are well established in basic science laboratories.
UC Health University Hospital has a dedicated 23-bed unit for standard chemotherapy and administration of phase-1 drug trials. The unit has 24/7 medical coverage for patients by board-certified oncology physicians and experienced nursing staff.
Nearly 40 medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and radiologists are dedicated to some aspect of cancer diagnosis and treatment through UC Health, seeing patients both in Clifton (UC Barrett Cancer Institute at University Hospital) as well as West Chester (Medical Office Building).
Our specialists include physicians with expertise in hematology and medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology (breast, lung, colorectal, liver, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, skin cancer, etc.), gynecological oncology, radiology (diagnostic/interventional therapy), dermatology (Mohs surgeons), pathology, urology, otolaryngology (head and neck cancer) and oncology nurses.
Diagnostic Imaging Services
? Breast imaging ? digital mammography, MRI-guided and stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound
? Dual energy and wide-bore computer tomography (CT) for treatment planning
? Position emission testing (PET)
? Dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
? Combination PET/CT scans
UC Health is the only center in the region to offer a procedure known as Therasphere for the treatment of advanced, inoperable liver cancer. This approach involves delivering highly targeted radiation from inside the patient?s body via millions of tiny radioactive glass beads injected into the blood vessels feeding the liver tumor to control advanced, inoperable liver cancer.
Radiation Oncology Treatment and Planning
UC Health offers an extensive range of sophisticated radiotherapy techniques designed to minimize unnecessary exposure and damage to healthy surrounding tissues, including:
? TomoTherapy (highly targeted radiation therapy guided by 3D real-time images to minimize damage to normal surrounding tissues)
? Brainlab Novalis radiosurgical treatments in which high doses of radiation are delivered to precise intra- and extra-cranial targets non-invasively.
? Intensity modulated radiotherapy (Philips Medical Systems Pinnacle3) that incorporates pre-treatment visualization tools for identifying soft tissues and vascular connections surrounding tumors
? Varian Trilogy system (highly targeted radiation therapy guided by 3D real-time images to minimize damage to surrounding tissues with on-board imaging and radiosurgical capability)
? Flexible laser scalpel neurosurgery
? Xstrahl100 Superficial Treatment System (dual-purpose linear accelerator) to treat superficial cancers, such as shallow skin cancers
? Varian's High Dose Radiation System for brachytherapy (implantable radiation seeds)
? Eyeplaque treatment and low-dose seed treatments
Appointments are available in Clifton (UC Barrett Cancer Institute at University Hospital ? (513) 584-4775) and West Chester (Precision Radiotherapy- (513) 475-7777).
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Last Reviewed: Aug 03, 2010