Last updated: July 27. 2014 12:10PM - 479 Views
By Heather Meade hmeade@civitasmedia.com



Heather Meade/Advocate photoMelissa Meyer, CNS, nurse practitioner for the radiology oncology department of the Wayne Cancer Center is pictured speaking with a patient.
Heather Meade/Advocate photoMelissa Meyer, CNS, nurse practitioner for the radiology oncology department of the Wayne Cancer Center is pictured speaking with a patient.
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GREENVILLE - On July 1, the Wayne Cancer Center celebrated one year of serving cancer patients in the Darke and surrounding counties, and they’re “very pleased” to continue bringing quality, comprehensive cancer services to the area, said Melissa Meyer, CNS, nurse practitioner with radiation oncology services at Wayne Cancer Center.


It began as a partnership between Wayne HealthCare, Dayton Physicians Network, and Premier Health Partners, Meyer explained. In the year since they have opened, they’ve seen more than 350 new patients, and provided treatment to patients from Darke County as well as multiple surrounding counties including Preble and Mercer Counties, and Wayne and Union Counties in Indiana, she said.


“We’re very pleased about being able to provide comprehensive cancer services to Darke County,” Meyer said. “Our goal is to make this as positive an experience as it can be and as convenient as possible, here in our small community.”


Part of that convenience includes offering office space to the Cancer Association of Darke County, Meyer said, which has been positive for patients who need more access to resources and support.


“Darke County is very unique in that we have a wonderful cancer association, and we’re very resource rich. They can provide a lot for our patients here,” Meyer said. “Other counties aren’t as strong in that area, as they don’t have as many resources at their fingertips to provide services for cancer patients. I feel like we’re extremely fortunate here, with the support that we get from the Cancer Association of Darke County.”


The Wayne Cancer Center is a multi-specialty group offering radiation oncology, medical oncology, hematology and urology services. They have been providing medical oncology and urology services for many years in Greenville, but what is unique about the new cancer center is that they are the only center within a 35-mile radius to offer radiation therapy, as well as the other services. Radiation therapy is generally given daily, Monday through Friday, for up to eight weeks.


“In the past, it has been a great hardship for patients to travel 70-80 miles round trip for a treatment that lasts 15 minutes. Now they can receive their radiation treatment here in our building,” Meyer stated.


“The beauty of our facility is that when a cancer diagnosis has been established, we have a skilled team of physicians and staff, as well as equipment to provide the services needed for treatment right here in this building,” Meyer said.


Cancer patients can receive most any service they might need, right here, “close to home,” Meyer commented, and they’re doing just that.


In the past year, the Wayne Cancer Center has provided more than 2,000 chemotherapy treatments, over 2,000 radiation treatments as well as nearly 3,000 oncology visits, Meyer stated. Their staff includes highly skilled physicians, technicians, nurses and support staff, she noted.


“Dr. Daniel McKellar is the chairperson for the Commission on Cancer,” Meyer noted. “We’re fortunate that he’s been on site seeing patients in this office. He’s really contributed quite a bit to what our ultimate goal is, which is to provide comprehensive cancer services to the citizens of Darke and surrounding counties. The addition of Dr. McKellar, as well as the partnership between Wayne HealthCare, Dayton Physicians Network and Premier Health Partners has created a comprehensive treatment facility where our cancer patients can receive personalized care and treatment close to home.”


To learn more, or for a tour, contact the Wayne Cancer Center at 937-459-4240.


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