Oncology

Wichita-based Clinical Community Oncology Program Joins National Clinical Trials Network

The clinical community oncology program led by Ascension Via Christi has joined the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology — part of the National Cancer Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network, or NCTN. It also has a new name: Cancer Research of Kansas.


Ascension Via Christi CyberKnife Center Expanding to Meet Growing Demand

Most patients diagnosed with cancer aren’t eager to spend months getting treatment or recovering from surgery. But patients referred for treatment at Ascension Via Christi CyberKnife Center in Wichita don’t have to, because CyberKnife can hone in on lethal cancerous or unhealthy tissue with pinpoint precision in just one to five treatments and requires no incisions or sedation.


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Help With Radiation-Induced Bleeding

Hyperbaric therapy can be a treatment option for the small percentage of male patients who develop hemorrhagic cystitis or proctitis following appropriate radiation therapy for prostate cancer.


Mother and Daughter Return Home for Optimal Breast Cancer Care

For Marcie Harris Charles, 60, and her daughter, Megan Charles Kramer, 37, both from western Kansas, receiving treatment close to home for their very different breast cancers has made a huge impact on their families, as well as themselves.


Clinical Trials Make Big Impact in World and in Wichita

About 200 Wichita women and Wichita oncologist Pavan Reddy, MD, were part of a long-term study that changes the standard of care in treating women with early stage breast cancer by sparing them from chemotherapy treatment.

The results of the international clinical trial, called TAILORx,...


Via Christi’s CORA Program Offers Genetic Counseling, Testing

Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita launched its Cancer Outreach and Risk Assessment (CORA) program in July 2015 to provide cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling — becoming the second such program in Kansas.


Central Care Cancer Center Focuses on Accessibility

When radiation oncologist Claudia Perez-Tamayo, MD, FACR, FACRO, came to Kansas in 1989, she saw an opportunity to bring the latest in cancer treatment — such as her work in intensity-modulated radiation therapy — to underserved areas.


Via Christi on the Leading Edge of Cancer Care, Clinical Trials

The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother were ahead of their time when they recruited Irish oncologist Harry Hynes, MD, who had just completed his fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic, to Wichita. At the time, cancer care was a much-needed but uncommon level of specialty care outside of major...


Right on Target

CyberKnife still ‘the gold standard’ for stereotactic body radiosurgery treatment


Orthopedic Oncologist Joins Via Christi’s Cancer Team

Christopher Halphen, DO, completed his fellowship in orthopedic musculoskeletal oncology and complex limb reconstruction at Emory University Medical Center in Atlanta last year, making him one of fewer than 200 actively practicing fellowship-trained orthopedic oncologists nationwide.

As...