Miami Valley Hospital's Cancer Program offers an interdisciplinary approach to battling cancer. Our multiple teams provide broad treatment and support to help you in your fight.
Cancer Conferences and Treatment Plans
Experienced physicians guide the Site-Specific Cancer Conferences at MVH Cancer Program. These physicians meet to discuss individual patient cases to determine which treatment has the best chance of stopping tumor growth, shrinking tumor size or removing the tumor. Individualized treatment plans take in account tumor size, growth stage, aggressiveness and position within the body.
Miami Valley Hospital has regularly-scheduled, disease-specific conferences called multidisciplinary conferences (MDCs). There are MDCs specific to breast cancer, thoracic cancers, gynecologic cancers and hepatobiliary/pancreatic cancers.
Coordinated Treatment and Support
The oncologists' tactics often combine a variety of tools. For example, specialists may use radiation to shrink the tumor, so the surgeon has a smaller tumor to remove through surgery. The interdisciplinary team works together to develop the treatment plan for each patient.
The Interdisciplinary Team at the MVH Cancer Program gives patients support across broad areas of treatment. The team includes: physicians, nurses, clinical nurse specialists, clinical trial nurses, dieticians, social workers, chaplains, palliative care specialists, a clinical pharmacist who specializes in oncology, breast and lung cancer coordinators and a genetic counselor. The team specializes in cancer and can help patients explore their options.
The Integrative Care Management Team (ICM) at the MVH Cancer Program is responsible for coordinating the care of cancer patients during their hospital stay. Members of the team include nurse case managers, a social worker and a clinical nurse specialist. The ICM team works closely with all members of the health care team in providing comprehensive care and a seamless discharge transition. This team works to fill patients’ individual needs, communicate with insurance, monitor outcomes and act as a resource for patients. They help with the transition from hospital to home, or hospital to hospice.
Breast Cancer Coordinators assist women through the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The breast cancer coordinators provide patients with educational information regarding breast cancer and breast cancer treatments and information on supportive services at Miami Valley Hospital and in the community.
Lung Cancer Coordinator is closely involved with each patient’s care beginning with diagnosis. They follow up on abnormal results from lung cancer screenings, monitor results of diagnostic testing, and facilitate case review at the multidisciplinary cancer conferences.
Patient Resource Navigator – In collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the Center provides a full-time patient resource navigator to help patients deal with non-clinical issues such as transportation and financial needs.
Inpatient Cancer Care
Miami Valley Hospital’s nursing staff provides inpatient care, specializing in surgical care, chemotherapy administration, central venous access devices, infusion services, cardiac monitoring and the management of immuno-suppressed patients.
Miami Valley Hospital has three nursing units equipped with private rooms dedicated to the care of cancer patients and their families:
- Gynecologic Oncology Patient Care - 29 beds
- Medical Oncology Patient Care - 33 beds
- Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit - 6 beds
The MVH Cancer Program gives the Dayton community the most comprehensive cancer care in a single location.