Monday – Friday except holidays
8:00am – 5:00pm by appointment only
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
Location: Ivinson Memorial Hospital
Date: 4th Wednesday of every month
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Location: Eppson Center for Seniors
Date: 2nd Thursday of every month
When you hear the word “Cancer” there may be a million things running through your mind. We all share the same questions and fears when you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer.
- “Why me?”
- “What does this mean?”
- “What will happen next?”
- “What kind of treatment will I need?”
- “Where do I go for treatment?”
Our oncology team is comprised of highly trained individuals who have dedicated their lives and careers to caring for patients with cancer. From the moment you walk into the modern center you realize you are in a true care center.
Twenty years ago, a diagnosis of cancer meant being admitted into the hospital, or being sent to large Cancer Centers far away from home to receive treatments. Today, a diagnosis of cancer does not mean a major disruption to your life or daily activities and the majority of all cancer care can be provided close to home.
The caring and compassionate staff at the Meredith and Jeannie Ray Cancer Center understands your fears. They will help you understand the process and answer all your questions. When you choose the Meredith and Jeannie Ray Cancer Center, you become part of a family. A family that offers extensive support and knowledge to help you and your loved ones cope with and treat the cancer.
what is cancer
An individual develops cancer when his or her cells rapidly divide and form new cells that the body does not need resulting in a mass of extra cells called a growth or tumor. Tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumors can often be removed and are rarely a health threat.
The cancerous cells in malignant tumors will continue to divide and grow until they damage surrounding tissues and organs. They can also spread to other organs and areas of the body; this is called metastasis.
Cancer develops over time and can be caused by a variety of factors including lifestyle, heredity, and environment. Your physician will discuss the possible risk factors of cancer with you, as well as suggest an appropriate screening program.
Cancer treatment has changed dramatically over the past decade and researchers continue to make advancements in the field. New therapies are emerging constantly and you and your oncologist will discuss the best course of treatment.
There are many sources for cancer information. We have collected reliable sources and information available for you. Please ask a cancer center member for additional information.
features & services
- Board-certified radiation and medical oncologists
- Joint Commission Accreditation
- Radiation oncology consultation
- Hematology and medical oncology consultation
- Certified nurses and radiation therapists specializing in the care of cancer patients
- Nutritional counseling
- Social service counseling
- Cancer education and support group
- Education resources library
- Rehabilitative services
- Laboratory services
- Community screening programs
- Integrative medicine
- Multidisciplinary Tumor Board
- Tumor registry
- Family support options