Oncology

Reassessing Mandatory Mastectomy Recommendations

New guidelines on how to treat hereditary breast cancer could be a gamechanger.


Dedicated Hospitalist Model Teamwork a Differentiator for Ascension Via Christi Cancer Institute

Internist Deanna Ternes, DO, grew up around hospitals and patients battling cancer.


Ascension Via Christi Cancer Center Now Treating Patients With Latest Generation CyberKnife

Since the Ascension Via Christi CyberKnife Center opened its doors in 2006, the clinical team has used the system to provide highly precise, nonsurgical and noninvasive treatment to more than 4,000 patients with cancerous tumors and benign lesions.


Leukemia Drugs for Lung Cancer?

Two recently approved treatments show promise in a new study.


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.