March- Get to know the Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center

Citizens Medical Center has been Victoria’s community focused hospital since 1956. But Citizens offers so much more than you could imagine. Citizens is home to the Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center, a nationally accredited cancer treatment center located right here in Victoria, TX! This month we want to help spread the word of such a tremendously valuable asset to the Crossroads community.

Did you know that the Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center was named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care by the Women’s Choice Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016? In fact, the Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center is the ONLY nationally accredited cancer treatment center between Corpus Christi and Sugar Land. The cancer center is recognized for quality and patient-centered care to the community’s families. In providing care using the latest technology, the Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center makes sure that families don’t have to worry about driving for hours to and from another facility. Crossroads’ families always have a LOCAL care facility and resource for cancer.

The Commission on Cancer is a program of the American College of Surgeons and has recognized the Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center. The CoC establishes standards for care and recognizes cancer treatment centers that provide outstanding comprehensive care with multidisciplinary staff to cancer patients. The next accredited cancer center is about 150 miles away!

The Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center provides excellent medical therapy. Medical therapy is a focus on treatment of the whole person. This type of program follows a multidisciplinary team approach combined with patient-centered cancer care to provide a complete range of services from outpatient to inpatient care for all cancer types.

Radiation therapy at the Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center targets the tumor directly, destroying cancer cells and avoiding damaging healthy tissue. During this treatment your radiation therapy team may include a radiation oncologist, a radiation nurse, a nurse practitioner, a radiation therapist, and other health care providers such as a dietitian, social worker, physical therapist, and more.

As a part of outpatient and inpatient care, the Kathryn O’Connor Regional Cancer Center supports patients by providing individual care plans and supportive services. Individual care plans allow physicians to carefully outline the care necessary for each patient’s unique needs. And supportive services offered help patients and families heal. One such program is the Look Good Feel Better program that Citizens continues to host. Look Good Feel Better is a free program from the American Cancer Society designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. Beauty professionals help apply makeup, choose or care for a wig, take care of dry skin and discolored nails and cope with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. There are multiple events throughout 2016, click t o find out more.

For more information about the cancer program at Citizens Medical Center contact the Cancer Registry at (361) 572-5088. And remember, Citizens Medical Center is your partner for life.