More than seven-hundred million cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. That's according to estimates from the National Cancer Institute.
More than two-thousand of those cases will affect families right here in the Ohio Valley. To meet the demands of patients and their families OVMC is expanding oncology services.
The staff at OVMC recently celebrated the opening of a new 16 bed oncology care unit. It will provide additional privacy and comfort for patients and their families during cancer treatment and hospital stays.
The unit features all private room accommodations as well as a twenty-four hour visitation policy. The new unit has also created twenty-one new nursing and support staff positions.
According to Scott Malson, the new unit's nurse manager, the hospital also unveiled the 24/7 Outpatient Infusion Care Center, which is scheduled to open later this summer.
"We have added this outpatient infusion center here so that we can accommodate patients twenty-four hours a day in this room," he says. "The same staff will be taking care of them as they would when they come in for outpatient therapy."
Hospital officials say the Cancer Center at OVMC now offers a full spectrum of services for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.