Cancer Treatment Center
May 2004 was an important time not just for Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, but for the entire Lake Cumberland region as well.
It was that month that LCRH answered the call for a deep and growing medical need in our area by opening the Lake Cumberland Cancer Treatment Center.
The Cancer Treatment Center was constructed in the hopes that patients who required treatment for all types of cancer would be able to remain close to home, near their families and friends.
The 11,000 square-foot Cancer Treatment Center of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital not only provides radiation therapy treatments, but also addresses the physical and emotional needs of cancer patients and their families through cancer support groups, Love on a Leash visits, and that special one-on-one care that means so much.
The Cancer Treatment Center is committed to the treatment of cancer patients by implementing the latest, most advanced equipment developed for cancer patients. The CTC currently uses a Varian 23EX Linear Accelerator for treatment delivery, a Phillips ACQSIM CT/Simulator for tumor localization and Eclipse 3-D treatment planning system.
Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital recognized that, in constructing such a center, it would be the only one of its kind in a seven county area. The focus and planning process of the center was to create a home-like atmosphere, one that would be warm and inviting. Our team members strive to treat patients like family.
The patients and family members enjoy simple pleasures that, perhaps briefly, allow them to find a moment of distraction in a difficult time. Among the center's features are a puzzle table in the lobby, televisions, and magazines.
But the desire to provide comfort doesn't stop in the lobby. The Cancer Treatment Center also provides lighted murals above the Accelerator and the CT/Simulator. This provides patients with something soothing to look at during their treatments or CT scans.
Patients and their families also have access to a community resource library providing information about cancer research, support and treatment options. The library and other support items, such as wigs, are provided free for our patients by the American Cancer Society. There is also a "quiet room," furnished through the generosity of the Kentucky Cancer Program, where patients and loved ones can quietly read, listen to soothing music, or gather their thoughts.
The Community Garden, located on The Cancer Treatment Center grounds, provides a serene place, surrounded by plants and flowers donated in honor of or in memory of cancer patients. Our patients and family members can enjoy the beauty of nature, smell the beautiful, fragrant flowers, and unwind to the gentle sound of a water feature.
The desire to provide our cancer patients with the most advanced technology in their treatment is an ongoing commitment. In 2008, the more technology was added to allow for image guidance radiation Therapy (IGRT), Cone-Beam CT scans. In 2013, the Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy program was initiated. This allowed advanced treatment options to patients that were not candidates for surgery.
The Cancer Treatment Center is also licensed by the State to perform Prostate Seed Implants.
While having the latest technology in cancer treatment is important, it would mean little without a caring and understand staff. The hallmark of providing treatment to cancer patients at the center is the dedicated staff. These professionals work together as a team to provide cancer treatment.
Those team members include a Radiation Oncologist, two registered nurses, one physicist, one certified medical dosimetrist, four radiation therapists, one social worker and one receptionist. To reinforce this team approach to treatment, a Physicians Cancer Committee assesses, plans and initiates all cancer related activities at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. It is accredited by the Commission on Cancer.
The Cancer Treatment Center has served thousands of patients for consultation or follow up visits. Should the need arise, we will be here to help you.
- Review our 2006 Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Cancer Program Annual Report
- View our 2007 Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Cancer Program Annual Report
- Read our 2008 Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Cancer Program Annual Report
- Read our 2009 Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Cancer Program Annual Report
- Read our 2010 Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Cancer Program Annual Report
- Read our 2011 Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Cancer Program Annual Report
- Read our 2012 Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Cancer Program Annual Report
- Advance Cancer Treatment Advertisements
- Managing Cancer Related Fatigue
- Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects
- Managing Radiation Therapy Side Effects
- Treating and Preventing Skin Cancer
If you are going to be a patient at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital's Cancer Treatment, we would like you to be familiar with what will happen during your first few appointments. Of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at 606-451-3755 or the supervisor of the center at 606-451-3773.
Your first visit to the Cancer Treatment Center will be your consultation. It takes between one and three hours to complete this initial visit. You will see one a registered nurse. Dr. Amtullah Khan, our radiation oncologist and you may also meet with our social worker.
Your second visit will be your CT/Simulation visit. A radiation therapist performs this test. There are a total of four therapists at the Cancer Treatment Center. During this visit, we will perform a special kind of CT scan which will be used for deciding how to best move forward with your treatment. This CT scan is strictly for the planning process for your treatments.
We will place marks on your skin and/or tattoos. Please do not wash any marks off your skin unless the therapist tells you to do so. This visit will take approximately one hour. You may not be able to eat or drink before this appointment. You will need to consult the instruction sheet given to you by the nurse prior to your appointment to see if this applies to you.
Your third visit is what we call a "dress rehearsal". We will take you into the room where you will receive your radiation treatments.
We will place you in the same position you were in for your CT/Simulation. When we have you lined up to your marks and/or tattoos, we will take a few special x-rays to make sure you are in the correct position for your daily treatment.
After the approval of the Radiation Oncologist, we will deliver your first treatment. This will take about 30 to 45 minutes. The average time for each daily treatment thereafter will be approximately 20 minutes.
The time from your first visit (consultation) and your fourth visit (first treatment) may take one to two weeks.
If at any time you have any questions or concerns about anything, please speak with any staff member and they will direct you to the appropriate person to answer your questions. If you have any questions about your appointment time, please see one of the therapists at the center or call 606-451-3779.