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Cancer Care

If you or a family member is diagnosed with cancer, you can take comfort that Ephraim McDowell Commonwealth Cancer Center and Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center both use the latest technology available to meet your needs.

Our team of hematologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, urologists, surgeons, nurses and other health care professionals is specially trained in the care of cancer patients and support of family members.

Our oncology support team is designed to reduce the stress that follows a diagnosis of cancer. You may be referred for assessment by the oncology support team if you have been newly diagnosed with cancer, if you are hospitalized while receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy, if you need pain or symptom management, or if you have received a terminal diagnosis.

EMRMC's other cancer care services include:


* Mammography
* Diagnostic imaging services
* Diagnostic laboratory services
* Cancer screenings


* Radiation and chemotherapy
* Tumor registry program
* Pain control
* Surgical services
* Nutrition counseling


* Support groups
* Spiritual and emotional counseling
* Home medical equipment at MedSource
* Behavioral Health Services
* Reach to Recovery


A mammogram, an X-ray of the breast, is the best tool for identifying breast cancer in its earliest stages.

We offer on-site digital mammography services at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and the Ephraim McDowell Diagnostic Center using the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions® 3D mammography system. It offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the ground-breaking Hologic 3D Mammography platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance for all breast types.

Diagnostic imaging services
We have current technology for diagnosing and treating a variety of cancers, including computerized tomography (CT) scanner and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines,  a PET/CT scanner for diagnosing and staging cancers, as well as stereotactic breast biopsy, which is used for diagnosing and treating breast cancer.

Diagnostic laboratory services
Our team of pathologists comprises physicians who use advanced technology to assist physicians and surgeons in diagnosing illnesses, including cancer. Learn more about our laboratory services.

Cancer screenings
Early detection is essential for the successful treatment of cancer. To help detect cancer in its earliest stages, the Ephraim McDowell Community Services department offers annual screenings for prostate, skin and colorectal cancer. Please call (859)239-2429 for more information.


Radiation and chemotherapy
Radiation and chemotherapy, used either alone or in combination, can successfully treat many cancers.

For radiation therapy, a radiation oncologist will use a state-of-the-art linear accelerator to deliver external beam radiation to your cancer site. Radiation therapy can also be delivered by inserting a needle into the cancerous tissues or by inserting an enclosed tube into a body cavity.

Chemotherapy treatments are provided by the hematologists/oncologists on the medical staff, either at their offices or while you are hospitalized. The hematologists/oncologists have more than 50 different kinds of chemotherapy drugs available to patients and also participate with clinical trials, which are investigatory treatment programs, some of which use state-of-the-art drugs.

Tumor registry program
In an effort to provide ongoing care for cancer patients, we have a tumor registry program for monitoring cases. Data on each cancer patient is collected and placed into a central repository at the Kentucky Cancer Registry, which allows individual facilities to compare their management of specific types of cancer to the management of similar patients throughout the state. The Kentucky Cancer Registry submits the data to the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program and the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), which allows for comparisons of all aspects of your treatment with those of national standards. This centralized collection of data also allows federal and state agencies to better target at-risk populations and initiate screening and treatment programs in specific areas.

Pain control
Knowing how to manage your pain is essential to your recovery. Our nursing staff is trained to help you manage your pain and we also can provide literature relating to pain control to you and family members. Our staff is also available to make presentations about pain control and end of life care to church and civic groups.

Surgical Services
You can trust our surgical services department to provide you with quality care, using modern operating rooms that are equipped with the latest technology and equipment.

Nutrition counseling
Keeping yourself healthy during treatment for cancer is vital to your overall health. If you need help determining your proper nutritional needs, please call our registered dietitians at (859)239-1820.


Ephraim McDowell Cancer Support Center

Located within the Central Kentucky Cancer Center at 520 Techwood Drive in Danville, the Cancer Support Center is a specialized health clinic designed to complement and support existing cancer care in the region. It offers technology to do plain film X-rays, lab/phlebotomy services, EKGs and echocardiograms, and physical therapy and occupational therapy services. Therapy services include the region’s only Flexitouch lymphedema pump system for the treatment of lymphedema. For more information, please call (859)239-5880. 

Oncology Support Team

We have established an oncology support team to provide referral assistance when you or a family member receives a diagnosis of cancer. Members of the oncology support team work together to ensure your needs – whether of a physical, informational, psychosocial or emotional nature – are met. This gives you and your family one less thing to worry about. Members of our oncology support team meet weekly to discuss cases and also meet individually with each oncology patient.

Support groups
We realize a diagnosis of cancer is an emotional experience that brings with it many questions. In an effort to try to make this experience less stressful, we offer various support groups for cancer survivors. For more information on our support group offerings, please call (859)239-5880.

Spiritual and emotional counseling
Our oncology clinical coordinator and on-site chaplain are available to counsel you and family members in spiritual, emotional and psychosocial matters.

Home medical equipment at MedSource
While you are recovering at home, MedSource can provide you with the medical equipment you need.

Behavioral Health Services
A diagnosis of cancer can be a traumatic experience for some people. If you are having trouble dealing with your diagnosis, or the diagnosis of a family member, our Behavioral Health Services can help.

Reach to Recovery
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may be visited in the hospital by a volunteer from the Reach to Recovery program. This program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and provides information and support for women diagnosed with breast cancer.