Liberty Hospital Regional Cancer Program

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Liberty Hospital and Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute have teamed up to provide expanded cancer care services at the hospital in Liberty. The program will provide comprehensive oncology services to the Northland and Northeast Kansas City communities in a convenient location.

The two organizations provide a program that will:

  • Provide a comprehensive cancer diagnostic and treatment program at Liberty Hospital to serve as a regional hub for cancer care in the Liberty community and Northeast Kansas City;
  • Expand coverage by experienced oncologists and hematologists at Liberty Hospital five days a week;
  • Offer multidisciplinary treatment planning;
  • Offer patients access to industry and National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical studies; and,
  • Provide on-site infusion and chemotherapy, as well as genetic counseling, rehabilitation, survivorship and support services.

Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute provides infusion services at Liberty Hospital and has offices for medical oncologists/hematologists at Liberty Hospital, enabling full-time coverage.

Through this affiliation, patients on the Liberty Hospital campus will have access to supportive services, such as mental health support, nutritional advice during and after treatment, cancer support groups, fitness consultations, massage therapy, educational programs and other services.

Cancer Physicians

View available oncologists in our Physician Directory or call 855-663-7524 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for more information on the cancer program.

Support Services

Look Good...Feel Better
Liberty Hospital offers Look Good...Feel Better, a free educational program from the American Cancer Society. This class teaches female cancer patients beauty tips to combat the damaging effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. For details, contact Trish Vanderpool, 816.251-5622.

Cancer Survivorship Network
Because cancer can be a very frightening disease, it is important for the patient and family to know they are not alone and to be able to share thoughts and feelings with others. Liberty Hospital brings together health care providers and survivors to create a partnership for encouragement and support. We are dedicated to establishing and maintaining quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.

Chaplain services
Chaplain services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A hospital chaplain can serve as a pastoral presence, providing a spiritual connection for individual patients, as well as emotional support for patients and family members during difficult times.

A chaplain is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 816.792.7026. If you would like to reach the chaplain after business hours, contact the hospital operator at 816.781.7200. The H.I. Hester Memorial Chapel is located just west of the hospital lobby and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for patients and visitors.

Treatments

Inpatient oncology care
The surgical/oncology unit is a 33-bed inpatient unit which provides holistic nursing care to patients and families experiencing a cancer diagnosis. Patients and families are provided education and printed materials related to the disease process, treatment plan, symptom management and available support resources. The nursing staff is certified in chemotherapy administration and also attends annual educational updates on new medications, research findings and other topics related to the care of patients with cancer.

Outpatient treatments
Saint Luke's Cancer Institute at Liberty Hospital provides patients with knowledgeable, personalized, compassionate care throughout their cancer experience. Services include physician clinics, chemotherapy administration and symptom management. The staff at the center provides patients and their families with educational materials so that they may take an active role in their own care. 

Lymphedema therapy 
Certified lymphedema therapists are available to assess and treat patients with lymphedema using complete decongestive therapy. The hospital’s lymphedema therapists have more than 100 hours of education in this therapy. This state-of-the-art treatment, recommended by the International Society of Lymphology, often includes two to four weeks of treatment and education on independent management of symptoms.

Cancer Rehabilitation Education and Support (CaRES) Program
The CaRES program helps patients overcome cancer-related fatigue, whether it's connected to the disease, the chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Patients work one-on-one with a physical therapist that has special training in cancer-related fatigue. In addition to fighting fatigue, the CaRES program helps patient who may have problems with strength or balance as a result of their treatment, and it is customized to meet the patient’s individualized needs.

Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, which grow and divide quickly, such as those that line your mouth and intestines or cause your hair to grow. Damage to healthy cells may cause side effects. Often, side effects get better or go away after chemotherapy is over.

Many different types of chemotherapy drugs are available. Chemotherapy drugs can be used alone or in combination to treat a wide variety of cancers. Chemotherapy may also be used in combination with other forms of cancer therapy, such as radiation, and it may be used either before or after surgery.

Radiation
Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) is a cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and stop them from spreading. At low doses, radiation is used as an x-ray to see inside your body and take pictures, such as x-rays of your teeth or broken bones. Radiation used in cancer treatment works in a similar way, except that it's given in higher doses.

Radiation therapy can be an external beam (when a machine outside your body aims radiation at the cancer cells) or internal (when radiation is put inside your body, in or near the cancer cells). Sometimes people get both forms of radiation therapy.

Surgery
If your cancer requires surgery, you can take comfort in knowing that Liberty Hospital uses the most up-to-date technology designed to provide you with the highest-quality care. The hospital’s staff has experience with mastectomies; lung resection; thyroid removal; brain tumor removal; and surgical treatments for cervical, uterine, ovarian, and head and neck cancers. Some procedures can be performed laparoscopically, such as colon resection, which means a faster recovery time for the patient.

Radiofrequency ablation for cancer
Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for cancer. The treatment is an alternative when surgery is not a good option often when other medical conditions increase the risk of surgery. RF ablation kills cancer cells by heating and destroying them. Guided by computed tomography (CT) or ultrasound, the physician inserts a thin needle through the skin and into the tumor. Electrical energy delivered through this needle heats and destroys the tumor. Months after the procedure, dead cells turn into scar tissue.

Brachytherapy
Brachytherapy is a treatment which uses radiation to kill cancer cells. This treatment can make cancer tumors stop growing, shrink or go away. It may also help prevent cancer from spreading to other places in your body. During brachytherapy, radioactive seeds are placed inside and around the tumors. Seeds are small beads or bars which give off radiation in all directions around them. This radiation only reaches tumors and tissues that are close by. Cancer cells that get enough radiation may stop growing and the cancer cells may die. Some seeds need to be taken out after time, while others can be left inside your body. Brachytherapy may be given in several treatments.

 

Cancer Registry

Since 1996, experts have been collecting and analyzing data on cancer patients diagnosed and treated at Liberty Hospital. Utilizing specialized software, our staff has collected demographic, diagnostic, treatment and follow-up information on more than 7,000 cancer cases at Liberty Hospital.

This is important to future patients because the more we can track and follow-up on how our patients are doing, the more we learn about the treatment of cancer.

The Liberty Hospital Regional Cancer Program, clinically affiliated with Saint Luke's Cancer Institute, is accredited by the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer. The program meets a national quality standard, establishes a framework for quality, and improves patient care. It has been accredited since 2003. Liberty Hospital is one of only 20 percent of hospitals nationwide whose cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Click to see the cancer services we offer and types of cancers we treat.

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Liberty Hospital Regional Cancer Program, clinically affiliated with Saint Luke's Cancer Institute, offers the latest advancements in cancer treatment in a compassionate, patient-centered environment.

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