Expert cancer care in Frankfort, Kentucky
At Frankfort Regional Medical Center, our oncologists provide the greater Frankfort area with the most advanced technology and treatment options. With approval from the nation's leading authority on cancer care, the Commission on Cancer (CoC), we are committed to providing the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
To schedule an appointment with us, call (877) 376-2631. Referrals can be made by patients, family members, friends or a healthcare provider. For more information, call (502) 227-3131.
Types of cancer we treat
At Frankfort Regional, we offer special cancer care and treatment options for:
- Blood cancer
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Urinary tract cancers (bladder cancer, kidney cancer and upper tract urethral cancer)
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
Cancer treatment options
In addition to minimally invasive procedures and access to innovative, research-based approaches, Frankfort Regional offers patients the benefits of all major treatment methods for cancer care, including:
- Medical oncology
- Radiation oncology
To help patients manage symptoms caused by cancer and its treatments, we offer the following services:
- Pain management therapy (with pharmacology and non-pharmacology intervention)
- Electrical stimulation
- Lymphedema therapy
- Neupogen injection (protein that helps stimulate the production of white blood cells after chemotherapy)
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
Through our partnership with local hospice programs, we offer our patients access to palliative (comfort) care and hospice care.
Surgery is the primary treatment for many types of cancer, especially if the disease is localized to one area of the body. Surgery can also confirm a diagnosis, determine how far a person's cancer has advanced, relieve side effects or ease pain. Our inpatient and outpatient surgical suites are equipped for video, computer-guided and microscopic procedures, as well as laser and traditional surgeries.
Medical oncology is another important treatment specialty that uses cancer fighting drugs, hormones and immuno-stimulants to help the body stop or slow the growth of malignant cells. Chemotherapy is a therapeutic method that uses drugs to interfere with the cancer's ability to reproduce and grow.
Frankfort Regional uses the radiation oncology services of a board-eligible radiation oncologist that leads a team of certified medical physicists, medical dosimetrists, radiation therapists and oncology nurses. Radiation oncology services offer state-of-the-art treatments, such as:
- Conventional external beam radiation therapy
- Conformal, 3D treatment planning
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
Cancer clinical trials
According to the American Cancer Society, 1.2 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. However, with advancements in cancer research, more patients are surviving cancer than before. Clinical trials are research studies that search for better ways to treat cancer. Many current studies are leading to new treatments for the care and prevention of cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are thinking about taking part in a clinical trial, the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute can help you learn about available clinical trials.
Our cancer care team
As cancer care becomes more specialized, patients and their families work with a team throughout the treatment process. Our oncology nursing staff is made up of highly skilled and trained nurses whose skills and genuine concern for patients translate into superior care.
Our team's collaboration strengthens the individual treatment plan, encourages patient involvement and ensures a continuous flow of communication.
Oncology nurse navigators
Frankfort Regional's nurse navigators are patient educators and advocates, care coordinators, guides and community ambassadors on a mission to improve the cancer experience for each patient. The navigator provides a support system for the patient and his/her family at a critical time—after diagnosis and throughout treatment.
When navigators get involved early after a person has received a cancer diagnosis, they can help steer patients and their families to appropriate care and treatment that could dramatically improve their chances of getting the best care.