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Community Memorial joins Cancer Network

Partnership means easier access, more resources

Community Memorial Hospital is one of two in the state to join the Cancer Network, which means those afflicted with the disease will have more support and a direct point of access to anything associated with that care.

According to a press release from the hospital, Medical College of Wisconsin radiation oncologists have been practicing at Community Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Center for nearly 20 years, and now will be joined by additional Medical College cancer specialists. Through the network, medical oncologists Prabhas Mittal and Faisal Saghir, as well as specialists in gynecologic oncology and neuro-oncology, will see patients at the hospital, and urologic oncology services will be provided at Community Memorial Medical Commons in Menomonee Falls. Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network delivers a coordinated system of high-quality cancer care anchored by the specialty expertise of Medical College of Wisconsin physicians and the extensive resources of an academic medical center, said the release.

"What we have done with this network is a single point of entry" for services, explained Cancer Center Director Bob Nichols. "We have people answering the phone as new patient coordinators whose responsibility is to identify what services a caller needs and can identify the type of cancer and then have information on what's available" in the area.

Those answering the phone could be called navigators to help you through connecting and setting up the care you will need. Nichols said people prefer local care if possible. With Memorial joining the Cancer Network, they will have more care at the local hospital as well as those doctors or surgeons working more closely with their local physicians.

Nichols said the Cancer Network doctors meet regularly with the local physicians to discuss their patients. "Those specialists along with the primary doctors sit down and discuss things by showing X-rays, CAT scans, pathology … They can sit down and go through the patient's case and prospectively or proactively come up with treatment planning," he said. "We just had one this morning, and it's amazing to see how the doctors sit down and give input.

"These cases are great not only because of the treatment plan but also side issues, bringing up questions and improving collaboration and efficiencies," he said.

Because of these efforts, Nichols was proud to announce that the Cancer Network found out recently it has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

"We met all the standards, achieved accreditation, and there are also eight commendation standards, and we achieved all of those. Any cancer program that's worth" its salt should be accredited, Nichols said.

In all, Community Memorial's joining of the Cancer Network, along with St. Joseph's Hospital in West Bend, means more care for cancer patients in the area. Nichols said the network offers a full slate of services from nutrition to genetic counseling and has people on hand to help out with psychological and social issues, support groups, palliative care and more.

Patients can reach any Cancer Network site by calling (866) 680-0505.

Wheeling for Healing

• Registration is now open for Community Memorial Hospital's 13th annual Wheeling for Healing family bike ride on Saturday, Aug. 14. The event, which benefits the hospital's Cancer Care Center, is designed to celebrate the hundreds of patients who have completed or are now undergoing cancer treatment at Community Memorial.

• A 33-mile, 15-mile and 4-mile route is offered. All begin and end at the hospital, W180 N8085 Town Hall Road.

• You can register online at www.communitymemorial.com (click on "Wheeling for Healing), or obtain a registration form by calling Community Memorial Foundation at (262) 257-3761. Each rider will receive a T-shirt and become eligible for dozens of door prizes. After the ride, there will be a free picnic lunch and live entertainment. WISN Sports Director Dan Needles will serve as the honorary ride marshal.

• When you register on or before July 28, the fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. After July 28, fees increase to $30 and $20, respectively. Team registration is $200 for up to 10 riders, with additional riders at $20 each. Team registrations must be received by noon July 21 for logo imprints on T-shirts. You can make your ride count even more by raising additional money for the Cancer Care Center. With every $100 raised, you will be entered into a special raffle. You can double your donations if your place of employment has a matching gifts program.

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