Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center
Our highly qualified staff partners with patients and their loved ones to provide supportive, individualized care every step of the way.
The Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center strives to be the area leader to those affected by cancer and blood disorders.
The Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center, located at Memorial Hospital's Dorbett Street entrance, combines top quality medical oncology and radiation oncology services with integrative medicine in a warm, peaceful environment. The team of physicians, the nurse practitioner, nurses, pharmacists, social worker, and therapists are truly committed to superior, compassionate, individualized care while embracing both conventional and complementary therapies.
Origin of Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center
Because of tremendous support and enthusiasm, the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center became a reality in 2007. More than 4,300 people, who believed in the dream of a local cancer center, contributed to the Memorial Hospital Foundation capital campaign. The facility was named "Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center" in recognition of a very generous donation by Clem and Mary (Fuhs) Lange, who, along with their family, are owners of Best Home Furnishings in Ferdinand, Indiana.
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center's cancer program has held national accreditation from the American College of Surgeons-Commission on Cancer (CoC) since 1996. Accreditation from the CoC is a national gold standard in cancer care and is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and are able to comply with established CoC standards. To maintain their approval, accredited facilities must undergo an on-site review every three years. Memorial Hospital's cancer program was re-accredited with commendations following the last review.
Receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures patients will have access to:
- Quality care close to home
- Comprehensive care
- A multidisciplinary, team approach
- Information and education
- Patient-centered services
- Options for genetic assessment and counseling, and palliative care services
- Care monitoring and quality improvement
- Treatment planning based on evidence-based national treatment guidelines
- Clinical trials and new treatment options
- Follow-up care including a survivorship care plan
- Patient tracking through the cancer data system
The Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center has a team of medical professionals that include two Medical Oncologists and a Nurse Practitioner that are truly committed to providing our patients with superior, compassionate care. The team of registered nurses are trained to care for the specific needs of cancer patients. Many of our registered nurses are certified in the field of oncology nursing and are dedicated to providing high-quality care, including administering cancer treatments and managing the side effects.
The Medical Oncology area is designed specifically for providing cancer care in a space that is warm, comfortable, and filled with natural light. Thirteen chairs and two private rooms provide patients with comfort while receiving treatment in open, semi-private or private treatment areas. Family members can stay with their loved ones during the treatments or relax in the nearby family lounge.
A skilled team of caring and compassionate medical professionals treat Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center Radiation Oncology patients with state-of-the-art equipment. A Linear Accelerator provides Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) which matches the shape of the radiation beam to the shape of the tumor. It is one of the most advanced methods of radiation therapy using high doses of radiation to precisely target tumors while sparing the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor.
A recent renovation project included the addition of a new CT scanner in the radiation oncology area. This allows patients to get the required CT prior to radiation therapy conveniently in the cancer center, saving patients from traveling to another hospital department.
Our Integrative Medicine program encompasses complimentary services that give our patients, families, and caregivers a sense of belonging and acceptance within the cancer center community. Through the five components of Spiritual, Coming Together, "Move. Eat. Breathe.", Education, and Resources and Referrals, we aim to bring patients to their optimal level of quality living. We provide ways to deepen emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being and enhance communication and dynamics of our patients' relationships. We concentrate on reaching our patients while they are here for appointments and infusions.
"On the Patio" gives our patients and their families a way to give back by showcasing their artistic abilities. In 2018, we hosted a sixties rock band, rock painter, tattoo artist, yoga class, and knitters (who knit hats for our patients). These events happen outside the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center entrance, weather permitting.
Other services include a men's discussion group, a women's support group, Creating Hope art group, Celebrate Today, pastoral care presence, chair yoga (pray, breathe, move), and Jazz It Up (skin care and makeover for our ladies).
Integrative Medicine fits wigs for our women patients and guides patients and families in Advance Care Planning.
Many in our surrounding communities create and/or donate afghans, quilts, blankets, hats, socks, scarves, gloves, toiletries, neck pillows, port pillows, painting and coloring books, and snacks for our patients.
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has on-staff Navigators to help you and your loved ones navigate through the health care system during this difficult time. We are here to help you from the time of diagnosis and throughout your cancer journey. Our Navigators are health care professionals specially trained to coordinate the clinical, educational, and supportive needs you may be facing with a cancer diagnosis. Families are an integral part of this journey, and we are here to help them as well.
Navigation includes answering questions, communicating with our providers to keep them informed of your condition, and working with other professionals to ensure you have complete, compassionate care for your overall wellness. Whatever the need may be physical, financial, or spiritual our plan is to make sure that connections are made with the appropriate resources and to keep you and your family informed of what is going on during your own personal journey.
MHHCC 2018 Cancer Report
For more information on the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or any of its services, please call 812-996-0626.