Cancer is a very complicated disease that affects patients and their families in a variety of ways. The diagnostic tests and complicated treatment plans along with the anxiety and uncertainty associated with this disease process create needs and burdens that must be dealt with effectively in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
There are now 13 Accredited Cancer Centers (accredited by the Commission on Cancer) in the state of Nebraska and they provide care to 80% of the cancer patients in this state. Accreditation of a cancer center is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis, treatment and support services and have undergone a vigorous inspection process that affirms their dedicated efforts to meet the needs of the individual patient and their family.
Through one of these accredited health care facilities cancer patents and their families can be assured of the following:
- Treatment plans that are developed by a team of physicians based on national standards and tailored to individual patient needs.
- Educational materials to facilitate an understanding of their disease and make better treatment decisions.
- Support services to meet psychosocial needs of the patient and family and facilitate the timely completion of the treatment plan.
- After completion of therapy, there are support services to facilitate recovery and restore a sense of wellness.
- A surveillance system to monitor their outcome over time.
Each Nebraska Accredited Cancer Center offers its own unique menu of services. Click on the appropriate links below to learn more about each Center. Please contact the Center directly for the most updated list of offerings.
Southwestern Nebraska: Callahan Cancer Center at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
Statewide: the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System serves veterans at various clinic locations statewide.