At PRMC we have a strong commitment to the people of South Central Kansas. In addition to hospital services, a special clinic for the treatment of cancer, the Cancer Center of Kansas--Pratt, coordinates care and the administration of outpatient treatment. We are all dedicated to quality care.
Our patients are the most important people at PRMC.
Your physical and emotional needs are our first priorities. We are here to provide the prescribed treatments, to give you understanding and support and to help you meet the challenges of your illness. We realize how much cancer interferes with your life and your plans, and we will do what we can to keep your time with us from adding to your burdens. For more information, please call (620) 450-1192. We will be happy to assist you.
There are many ways to treat cancer. These include, but are not limited to, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Your cancer specialist, or oncologist, will determine what treatment option is best for you. We believe our patients should be educated about their disease as well as how to live with it. Your treatment is a cooperative effort requiring you, your physician, and the nursing staff to work together in promoting your health care. Chemotherapy is a medication administered by injection into the vein, or by mouth, to attack to the cancer cells. Thanks to advances in medical technology, nearly all chemotherapy treatments are administered on an outpatient basis. Before starting your treatments, a nurse will discuss the drugs you are to receive and their possible side effects. You will also receive printed information to keep and review at home. PRMC and CCK-Pratt provide a treatment room with rocker-recliners, television, VCR/DVD player, blankets, pillows and refreshments.
The oncology staff understands the physical, emotional, spiritual and social effects of cancer. They, along with a team of specialists, work to meet your needs. The team can include pastoral care, social services, radiology, laboratory, physical therapy, pharmacy and volunteers.
What is Cancer?
Cancer is a general term for many diseases, all of which are characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. What causes a cell to become abnormal is often not clear. These abnormal (cancer) cells do not act or behave as normal cells do. Normal cells grow and multiply to replace old or dead cells: cancer cells multiply uncontrollably. They keep reproducing regardless of the need for new cells. Cancer may grow slowly or rapidly. There are more than 100 different types of cancer and each one is treated differently.