Advanced cancer care in Kansas City
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The Kansas City hospitals of HCA Midwest Health are known throughout the region for comprehensive care of all cancer types. We are proud to partner with the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute to bring you innovative treatments and compassionate support services. Additionally, our hospitals are accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) quality program for excellence in oncology services.
To learn more about the comprehensive cancer care at Sarah Cannon at HCA Midwest Health, please call askSARAH at (816) 448-7737.
The Sarah Cannon HCA Midwest Health cancer centers are accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) quality program. This means our hospitals exceed the quality care standards set out by the CoC and consistently provide excellence in patient-centered care.
Leading-edge cancer care in Kansas City
Tumors and cancer are unique, which means our treatment is unique to each patient. Treating the entire patient, not just their cancer, is central to our model of care. The care delivered throughout our programs is leading-edge, yet personal and compassionate.
At Sarah Cannon HCA Midwest we offer:
- Access to the largest network of cancer specialists through Sarah Cannon's global network
- Comprehensive oncology care including prevention, screening, diagnostics, treatment, wellness and survivorship
- Rapid diagnosis to treatment times
- Innovative clinical research trials with access to hundreds of community-based cancer trials (including early-phase) available through the national network
- Personalized medicine with >tumor profiling to genetically target a patient's unique cancer type
- Patient navigation by highly-skilled, oncology-trained nurses to support patients through their cancer journey from discovery to survivorship
- Genetic counseling – the most advanced and comprehensive program in the region including genetic risk assessment
- Multi-disciplinary patient case conferences that are organized by specific cancer type and connect physicians from across the HCA Midwest Health network to discuss and coordinate patient treatment plans
- Highly-specialized surgical oncologists offering minimally-invasive and cutting-edge robotic surgical options
- Advanced radiation oncology therapies
- Support services for patients and caregivers including wellness, nutrition, psycho-social, rehab and survivorship
Our cancer facilities in Greater Kansas City
We are proud to offer seven CoC-accredited cancer hospitals in the Kansas City area, including:
- Belton Regional Medical Center
- Centerpoint Medical Center
- Lafayette Regional Health Center
- Lee's Summit Medical Center
- Menorah Medical Center
- Overland Park Regional Medical Center
- Research Medical Center
Types of cancer we treat
The cancer specialists at our hospitals work across a broad range of specialty areas to bring you comprehensive care. Our cancer centers provide diagnostic and treatment services for cancer types such as:
- Blood cancer
- Brain cancer
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Gastrointestinal cancer
- Genitourinary cancer
- Gynecologic cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Liver cancer
- Lung cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Skin cancer
Your oncology team
It takes a team of specialists working together to make sure you receive the highest level of cancer care possible. When you come to one of our hospitals for cancer treatment, your oncology team may include:
- Interventional radiologist—Performs minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat cancers without surgery.
- Oncologists—Physicians who specialize in treating individuals diagnosed with cancer. Some specialize in a certain type of cancer.
- Medical oncologist—Diagnoses and treats cancer with chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy.
- Radiation oncologist—Uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells or shrink tumors.
- Surgical oncologist—Performs surgical procedures, including tumor removal and biopsies.
- Pathologist—Studies cells and tissues under a microscope and relays information about the cells to physicians to determine the best treatment options.
- Radiologist—Diagnoses cancer with imaging technology, such as X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
- Reconstructive physician (plastic surgeon)—Performs surgery to restore function and appearance of areas affected by cancer.
Cancer screening services
Cancer screening tests can help find cancer at an early stage before symptoms appear. When cancer, or abnormal tissue, is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure.
Advanced imaging technology we use includes:
- 3D mammograms
- Breast MRI
- Computerized tomography (CT)
- Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
- Magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy
- Navigational bronchoscopy
- Positron emission tomography (PET)
Breast cancer screening
Our hospitals are committed to providing women with comprehensive breast health services. As part of this commitment, we use advanced technology and the latest techniques to detect and diagnose breast cancer.
Our 3D mammograms convert digital breast images into a stack of thin layers, building a 3D image of the breast. This allows radiologists to look at your breast tissue in far greater detail than a traditional mammogram. When needed, we also offer breast MRIs and minimally invasive biopsies to evaluate suspicious breast lesions further.
Colon cancer screenings
Routine colorectal cancer screenings are one of the most powerful tools for prevention. That's why it's so important to schedule a colonoscopy. Colonoscopies are recommended for men and women beginning at age 45 (or earlier if you have certain risk factors).
We also provide alternative colon cancer screening tests, such as:
- Digital rectal exam: X-ray of the large intestine or barium enema, Biopsy
- Fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Stool DNA test
- Virtual colonoscopy (CT colonography)
Lung cancer screenings
We provide low-dose CT imaging for lung cancer screenings. CT images are better at finding abnormalities than a traditional chest X-ray. The amount of radiation received during a low-dose CT lung cancer screening is less than the amount received annually from naturally occurring radiation present in the environment.
Testicular cancer screening
Most testicular cancers can be found at an early stage. The American Cancer Society recommends performing testicular self-exams regularly and getting examined by your doctor during routine check-ups as the best ways to find testicular cancer early.
Men with risk factors, such as an undescended testicle, previous testicular cancer or a family member who has had this cancer should consider conducting monthly self-exams. If you have risk factors or find something unusual, consult your doctor right away.
Additional cancer screening resources
In addition to regular screenings, education can play a key role in preventing cancer. Visit the American Cancer Society's helpful resources for cancer prevention below:
Cancer treatments we offer
We offer some of the most advanced technologies available to treat cancer, including:
- Interventional oncology
- Image-guided high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Neurosurgical ablation
- Oral and intravenous (IV) chemotherapy
- Prostate brachytherapy
- Radiation oncology
- Robotic surgery
Radiation oncology, also called radiotherapy or radiation therapy, involves treating cancer with beams of high-energy radiation. Radiation therapy uses X-ray energy delivered at many more times the amount of a regular X-ray to treat cancer.
Our hospitals may perform radiation therapy during your cancer treatment for different reasons, including:
- Neoadjuvant therapy (before surgery, to shrink a cancerous tumor)
- During surgery, to direct large doses of radiation directly at a tumor
- Adjuvant therapy (after surgery, to stop the growth of any remaining cancer cells)
- In combination with other treatments, such as chemotherapy
- Palliative care (decrease pressure or pain that the tumor puts on you)
Immunotherapy is a type of therapy that uses the body’s immune system to detect and fight cancer. It can be used as a primary treatment method or in combination with other treatments (such as chemotherapy and radiation).
Immunotherapy can help shrink tumors significantly, reduce certain side effects and help control cancer over a prolonged period. We offer many immunotherapy clinical trial options for a variety of cancers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. Anyone can develop skin cancer, and it is most common in areas that are chronically exposed to sunlight, like the face, neck, hands and arms.
Risk factors for skin cancer include:
- A large number of moles or moles of unusual size or shape
- Excessive sun exposure
- Fair skin that freckles easily
- Family history of skin cancer
- History of tanning bed use
- Light-colored hair and eyes
- Personal history of blistering sunburns
Signs and symptoms of skin cancer
It's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer. These may include:
- A changing lesion of the skin, including changes in size, color, shape or sensation (such as bleeding, itching, tenderness or pain)
- A dark freckle or mole
- A lesion that appears or feels different than the rest of your skin
- A persistent sore or pimple-like lesion that doesn’t heal within one month
- Scaling, roughness, oozing, bleeding or a change in the way an area of skin looks
Types of skin cancer we treat
Our team of experts includes national leaders in multiple specialties, including medical oncology, surgical oncology and plastic surgery. Types of skin cancer we treat include:
- Adnexal (sweat gland and hair-derived) carcinoma
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Cutaneous Lymphoma
- Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP)
- Kaposi sarcoma
- Lentigo maligna/melanoma in situ
- Malignant melanoma
- Merkel cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
Skin cancer treatment we provide
We provide a wide range of treatment options for skin cancer, depending on your needs. Treatment options we offer include:
- Advanced reconstructive and plastic surgery (including skin flaps and grafts)
- Mohs micrographic surgery
- Radiation therapy
- Scar revision
- Skin cancer excision
- Targeted biochemotherapy
Our genitourinary (GU) program provides specialized care for patients with cancers affecting the urinary tract system and male genital tract. We offer clinical expertise in GU cancer, such as:
- Bladder cancer
- Genitourinary cancer
- Genitourinary malignancies
- Kidney cancer
- Male genital malignancies
- Male reproductive cancers
- Penile cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Urinary tract malignancies
- Urinary tract tumor
- Von Hippel Lindau (VHL) disease
Specialized patient navigation
Our nurse navigators are oncology-trained nurses who work directly with patients to guide them through their cancer journey. The navigator serves as a constant point of contact to coordinate care, answer questions and provide resources.
Nurse navigators often specialize in a certain type of cancer, such as breast cancer, lung cancer or colon cancer. Your nurse navigator may assist with:
- Access to national clinical trials
- Connecting you with outside resource centers, such as the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen
- Coordinating care and communication with the entire healthcare team
- Hosting interdisciplinary cancer case conferences to assure personalized cancer treatment
- Providing educational materials
- Understanding your diagnosis and available treatment options
- Understanding what resources are available and how to access them
Understanding your risk for hereditary cancer
Most cancer is sporadic—it occurs by chance alone. However, according to the American Cancer Society, about 5 to 10 percent of cancer is hereditary. Characteristics of hereditary cancer may include:
- A personal or family history of cancer diagnosed at a young age (earlier than 50 years old).
- Clusters or patterns of cancer in a family, such as breast and ovarian, colon and uterine or melanoma and pancreatic.
- Multiple primary cancers in yourself or another family member.
Genetic testing can help you evaluate your risk for developing cancer and make informed decisions about your health. We offer comprehensive genetic testing that provides you with personalized information about genetic influences, specific cancer risks and personalized screening and prevention options.
Genetic counseling can include:
- Collection of detailed medical and family histories
- Pedigree drawing and analysis
- Review of medical records
- Patient education
- Cancer risk analysis
- Medical management of cancer risk and options
- Genetic testing
- Results disclosure
Benefits of genetic counseling
Because we have specialists dedicated to genetic counseling, we can provide you with in-depth resources and information about your risks for developing cancer.
Our genetic counselors can benefit you and your loved ones by providing:
- Risk assessments
- Genetic cancer education
- Medical management and testing options
- Reassurance and guidance for you and your family
Our evidence-based cancer wellness program is here to support you every step of the way. Whether you want to reduce your risk of cancer or are receiving treatment, we have the expert care you need. Cancer wellness helps patients and caregivers:
- Relieve fatigue
- Manage symptoms
- Improve function and quality of life
- Be proactively involved in your or your loved one's care
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute is known for providing leading-edge cancer care close to home. As a Sarah Cannon patient, you know the difference that a genuine, caring relationship can make in coping with, treating, and surviving a cancer diagnosis. We, the oncology experts at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health, are here to help you through the next phase of life. We are dedicated to supporting you and we will continue to encourage you to live your best life.
Our cancer-focused rehabilitation team understands how a diagnosis of cancer, as well as surgery and treatment side effects, can change how your body feels and moves.
This team of specialists, part of our cancer rehab program, is comprised of experienced physical, occupational, lymphedema, pelvic floor and speech therapists who work together to help you improve your physical functioning and well-being through individual support.
Our cancer rehabilitation team collaborates with the clinical care team to help patients stay strong and minimize side effects, focusing on the quality of life.
Community cancer clinics
As part of our commitment to the local community, HCA Midwest Health partners with other facilities to provide cancer care to all of the Kansas City area. These facilities include:
MidAmerica Cancer Care - Butler
On the campus of Bates County Memorial Hospital
615 Nursery Street
Butler, MO 64730
MidAmerica Cancer Care - Clinton
On the campus of Golden Valley Memorial Hospital
1600 N 2nd Street
Clinton, MO 64735
MidAmerica Cancer Care - Harrisonville
On the campus of Cass Regional Medical Center
2800 Rock Haven Road
Harrisonville, MO 64701
MidAmerica Cancer Care - Hickman Mills
Located inside Encompass Medical Group
7201 E 147th Street
Grandview, MO 64030
MidAmerica Cancer Care -
1000 Carondelet Drive
Kansas City, MO 64114
MidAmerica Cancer Care - Warrensburg
In partnership with Western Missouri Medical Center
510 Foster Lane #101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Midwest Oncology Associates - Carrollton
On the campus of Carroll County Memorial Hospital
1502 N Jefferson Street
Carrollton, MO 64633
(660)-542-1695 x. 3070
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
HCA Midwest Health is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (816) 448-7737 or chat online at askSARAHnow.