Breast Cancer

Outpatient cancer treatment options

At Ascension Via Christi cancer care our oncologists and care team provide personalized care with targeted treatments.

Outpatient Cancer Care

For more information about Cancer Care in Wichita, call 316-268-5927
For more about CyberKnife procedures in Wichita, call 316-261-3200
For more information about Cancer Care in Pittsburg, call 620-235-7900

Ascension Via Christi offers cancer care in Wichita and Pittsburg, Kansas.

Wichita

The Ascension Via Christi Cancer Center in Wichita is a freestanding outpatient cancer treatment facility for outpatient cancer rehabilitation, CyberKnife, radiation therapy, lymphedema assessment, cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling.  Our Wichita location features CyberKnife, a noninvasive alternative to surgery for treating tumors anywhere in the body.

CyberKnife radiosurgery

CyberKnife targeted radiation therapy, available at Via Christi’s Cancer Center in Wichita, is a noninvasive alternative to surgery for treating tumors anywhere in the body, even hard-to-reach tumors that can’t be removed surgically. By delivering high-dose radiation with unrivaled accuracy, this high-tech weapon against cancer offers many patients new treatment options that were not possible in the past.

While patients lie still, CyberKnife’s computer-guided robotic arm moves around them, aiming at tumors with pinpoints of radiation from dozens of angles. The robotic arm moves up and down with each breath so tumors, even in the lung are always in target. And the radiation beams are so precise they are accurate to less than 1 millimeter — or about 1/25th of an inch — so nearby healthy tissue isn’t damaged.

Treatments are painless because they require no incision, no sedation and no uncomfortable immobilizing head frames that older radiation technologies require. Patients can go home immediately after treatment without needing recovery time.

CyberKnife offers patients treatment with:

  • No incision
  • No anesthesia
  • No pain
  • No need for an immobilizing head frame during treatment
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Rapid return to normal activity

Traditional radiation therapy can involve 10 to 40 treatments but with CyberKnife, that can be reduced to one to five treatments. That means more flexibility for patients and less time away from work and home life.

CyberKnife is most often used to treat breast, bone, prostate and lung cancer.

Pittsburg

At the Ascension Via Christi Cancer Center in Pittsburg, advanced technology and compassion are combined to offer hope for cancer patients and their families. Our facility offers state-of-the-art cancer detection and treatment services including sophisticated radiation therapy equipment, chemotherapy, and cancer specialists and support staff.

The center brings together all the resources a cancer patient and his or her family will need to fight this disease in the most positive, supportive environment possible. Patients do not need to travel great distances to receive the most advanced treatment available.

In addition to cancer care, other services needed and desired by cancer patients and their families are available including nutritional counseling, spiritual and emotional support, and patient and family education.

Our expert team of staff and physicians blend care and compassion while working closely with the patients and families who are affected by the disease of cancer. At the Ascension Via Christi Cancer Center, the newest technology will never take the place of the oldest truth -- caring goes a long way toward curing.

Diagnosis

The Ascension Via Christi Cancer Center offers a number of diagnostic procedures to assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of Cancer.

  • CT - Ascension Via Christi Hospital at 1 Mt Carmel Way in Pittsburg is home to the area's first 128-slice CT (Computerized Tomography) machine.
  • Mammography - Ascension Via Christi's Women's Imaging Center offers 3D mammography, one of the most advanced technologies in breast cancer detection today.
  • MRI - Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg's MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a painless, non-surgical procedure with no known side effects.
  • Nuclear Medicine - Nuclear Medicine at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg uses radioactive substances, sometimes called radiopharmaceuticals or tracers, to create images of the internal organs.
  • PET/CT - Ascension Via Christi Hospital at 1 Mt Carmel Way, in cooperation with DMS Imaging, is pleased to offer PET(Positron Emission Tomography)
  • SPECT Scan - A SPECT Scan (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) is a three dimensional imaging technique used in conjunction with a number of Nuclear Medicine studies.
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy -Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, is a less invasive, non-surgical outpatient procedure which can determine if an abnormality is cancerous.

Treatment

Chemotherapy

Our dedicated oncology pharmacist is located within the Cancer Center to prepare each patients customized drug regimen. The pharmacist is also available for personal consultation with patients concerning their treatment. Treatments are given by registered nurses (who are certified in chemotherapy administration), led by the medical oncologist. Chemotherapy can be used combination with radiation therapy, surgery, or as a definitive treatment alone.

Inside our main chemotherapy area, large windows and skylights pour sunshine into the room. Patients sit in comfortable recliners and can visit among themselves or watch television while receiving intravenous medications. Each therapy station features its own television set with earphones for the patient. In addition to conventional television channels, a special channel is available to educate patients about their disease while they are being treated. Private chemotherapy suites are also available for those wishing to lie down and rest in a quieter atmosphere.

Radiation

Patients of Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg have access to the finest radiation therapy equipment available. At the heart of the center is a $1.4 million Linear Accelerator, a treatment device that accurately targets cancerous tumors. Additional improvements totaling $1.5 million will add IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) to the Cancer Center. IMRT ensures that radiation therapy is delivered in the most precise method possible today. Other treatments include 3-D treatments, prostate brachytherapy seed implant and other radioactive seed implants.

Treatments are given by our highly-qualified staff of professionals, led by the radiation oncologist. Our team members are committed to providing quality care, and they are dedicated to making each patient feel at ease. Comfortable surroundings and familiar faces are another essential part of the personalized care we insist on at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.

For more information about Cancer Care in Wichita, call 316-268-5927
For more about CyberKnife procedures in Wichita, call 316-261-3200
For more information about Cancer Care in Pittsburg, call 620-235-7900

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