MISSION | CHEMOTHERAPY | RADIATION TREATMENT | DATA CANCER REGISTRY | SCREENING | RESOURCES
 

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Ozarks Medical Center's Cancer Treatment Center was designed with patients' comfort and safety in mind and is equipped to provide high-quality, compassionate care to patients in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas. Located inside the Shaw Medical Building, we offer our patients the same leading edge treatment they can receive in progressive cancer treatment centers across the country. Our compassionate, personalized approach provides our patients with comprehensive and effective care.

 

Charles Morgan, MD

Liana Makarian, MD

 
Chemotherapy

The team at OMC Cancer Treatment Center includes Charles Morgan, MD, a Board Certified Medical Oncologist/ Hematologist and medical director for the Cancer Treatment Center, and Liana Makarian, MD, a Board Certified Hematologist/Oncologist. Under their direction, chemotherapy certified nurses administer the latest in cancer-fighting chemotherapy drugs and other supportive medication.

Certified Oncology Nurses (OCN's) help provide direct patient care. These remarkable team members are highly trained and skilled in cancer treatment.

The chemotherapy suite offers nine chemotherapy stations plus two climate-controlled infusion rooms for increased patient comfort.

 

Morgan Barrett, MD, MPH

Patricia Barrett, MD

 
 Radiation Oncology
 

This service is under the direction of radiation oncologists Dr. Morgan Barrett and Dr. Patricia Barrett. The Radiation Therapy Department is staffed by personnel, who are credentialed and trained in treatment planning, treatment delivery and individualized nursing care. Our caring staff works together with the patient and physicians to ensure the most effective treatment.

In 2011, OMC made $2.9 million in improvements and advances to the Cancer Treatment Center, including a new Varian Linear Accelerator, the machine used in radiation treatment. The new linear accelerator allows radiation oncologists to even more precisely treat tumors. The new accelerator includes the latest in imaging technology, which allows radiation oncologist to obtain images of the tumor just before each treatment, in order to adapt each daily treatment to changes in the tumor. In addition, the precision and accuracy of this new technology allows our physicians to fine-tune the beam's shape and intensity, improving therapy effectiveness and reducing side effects from unwanted exposure to healthy tissue or organs.  
   
 
Data & Cancer Registry
 

A cancer registry department systematically collects data about cancer and tumor diseases. The goal of hospital cancer registries is to accurately track cancer data for improvement in planning and cancer care.

OMC employs a cancer registrar who records all cases of cancer at the medical center. This data is reviewed at a tumor conference held every two weeks at OMC and is then submitted to the State of Missouri Department of Health and Statistics.

For more information, download the OMC Cancer Treatment Center Annual Report.

2011 Cancer Treatment Center Annual Report

2012 Cancer Treatment Center Annual Report

   
 
Screening Recomendations
 

The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines for most adults. Your provider may recommend additional tests based on your family history

  Breast Cancer
 

• Age 40 yearly mammogram
• Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
• Breast self-exam (BSE) monthly for women starting in their 20s.

 

  Colorectal Cancer and Polyps
 

Beginning at age 50, both men and women should follow one of these testing schedules:
• Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years*
• Or CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years*
• Or Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years*
• Or Colonoscopy every 10 years
* If this test is positive, a colonoscopy should also be done.

 

  Cervical Cancer
 

• Yearly Pap test beginning 3 years after first vaginal intercourse, but no later than 21 years old.
• Beginning at age 30, women who have had 3 normal Pap test results in a row may get screened every 2 to 3 years.
• Women 70 years of age or older who have had 3 or more normal Pap tests in a row and no abnormal Pap test results in the last 10 years may choose to stop having Pap tests.

 

  Prostate Cancer
  Starting at age 50, PSA blood test with or without a rectal exam. How often you are tested will depend on your PSA level. If you are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, you should start at age 45.
   
  Take control of your health and reduce your cancer risk.
  • Stay away from tobacco.
• Stay at a healthy weight.
• Get moving with regular physical activity.
• Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
• Limit how much alcohol you drink (if you drink at all).
• Protect your skin.
• Know yourself, your family history, and your risks.
• Have regular check-ups and cancer screening tests.
• For information on how to reduce your cancer risk and other questions about cancer, please call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit us online at www.cancer.org.
 
  Resources
  National Resources
  Cancer Facts & Information: www.cancer.net
  American Cancer Society www.cancer.org
  Cancer types and facts, clinic trials, patient topics www.cancer.gov
   
  Local Resources
  Howell County Health Department/Breathe Easy West Plains - Smoking cessation assistance
  Upcoming screening at Ozarks Medical Center
  OMC Riverways Home Health & Hospice
  Lymphedema Treatment at OMC Rehabilitation Services
  Look Good, Feel Better: Through the Look Good...Feel Better Program, caring professionals in the beauty industry teach women how to overcome the appearance related side effects of cancer treatment. Session are held regularly at OMC in the Shaw Medical Building. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 417-447-1475
   
 

Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center

Shaw Medical Building
1111 Kentucky Avenue
PO Box 1100
West Plains, Missouri
www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com

For more information or to make an appointment call
417-257-5900

 

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