Cancer Center

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2400 E 17th St
Columbus, IN

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What we want for our patients are fewer interventions and better long-term survival odds, achieved through effective control of the disease. We get that by using today's best technology and pharmacological advances, delivered with an understanding, human touch. Smart, compassionate people who know what you're going through and want the very best for you are who you'll find, ready to help, at the Cancer Center. It all adds up to great cancer care, right here in Columbus.

A cancer diagnosis is stressful and life changing. Our staff understands this. So, there is no staff member here that isn’t enthusiastically committed to meeting your emotional, educational, and social needs; helping you progress from learning of your diagnosis, to learning about your diagnosis and how we will work together going forward. You’ll know what you need to do to help your cause, and you’ll know that we will help. Every step of the way. 

Our Cancer Center team includes board certified radiation oncologists Kevin McMullen, MD, and John Cox, MD, and medical oncologists Stephanie Wagner, MD, and Anita Conte, MD, along with board certified radiation physicists, certified oncology nurses and certified radiation therapists. These experienced cancer specialists are also supported by a multidisciplinary team that includes nurse navigators, a registered dietitian, a full-time oncology pharmacist, and a social worker.

Each year, our Cancer Center performs nearly 12,000 chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments for nearly all forms of cancer. A patient’s care may include a combination of any of the three major treatment types — surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. All of these are provided under one roof and on an outpatient basis, when applicable, to make things as convenient as possible for patients. 

As specialists in our field, we have long been focused on studying and achieving the best results possible when it comes to cancer care. Treatment at our facility rivals any you might find in a larger metropolitan area, but gives you the advantage of having the people who love and support you close at hand. Staying close to home can also reduce the burden for you that repeated travel can become during a trying time. In short, we’re state-of-the-art and easy to get to. 

The continuous care model we employ means that a single team of doctors and healthcare personnel work with a patient throughout the entire treatment and recovery process.

Free valet parking is available for our patients and visitors when they arrive at the main hospital entrance at 2400 East 17th Street. It’s a small thing we can do to make things a little easier for you.

Throughout a patient’s care here, a registered dietitian will provide consultations, assessments, and ongoing education to achieve the nutritional needs of a body that’s fighting cancer.

An activity coordinator on staff sees to it that patients’ lives are enhanced with plenty of rehabilitative activities to choose from at the Cancer Center.

Early detection of cancer significantly increases the chances of successful treatment. On behalf of everyone in this community, The Cancer Center hosts a variety of screening events annually.

We are accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. Approval by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) is given only to facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best cancer diagnoses and treatment. (Only one in four Cancer Centers nationwide receives this recognition.) A comprehensive list of cancer-related services the Commission on Cancer accredits us for can be seen here.


Our Cancer team understands that a well coordinated treatment plan is beneficial for our patients. Below are some examples of how our Cancer Center continues to strive for top quality results.

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    • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the Wound Center at Columbus Regional Health

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Aids Cancer Rehabilitation

    by Andrew Laker | Mar 14, 2017
    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a useful medical treatment that has been around for about a hundred years. HBOT was initially developed to treat decompression sickness (the bends), but has been found to be useful for many other medical conditions.
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Radiation Therapy

In 2015, the Cancer Center began offering patients another state-of-the-art option for cancer treatment in the form of a new radiation therapy machine. The Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator is an innovative image-guided radiotherapy machine that offers advanced stereotactic body radiation treatment, and it is one of only three in use in Indiana hospitals. The TrueBeam, using 3-D imaging, precisely aims radiation beams from multiple angles

and at varying intensities to attack its target. It is designed to deliver the lowest dose possible to the surrounding healthy tissue, while still sending the maximum dose to the tumor. The TrueBeam allows for effective cancer treatment that lets the patient remain close to home, especially in the treatment of challenging cases, such as cancers of the lung, breast, abdomen, and head and neck, as well as other cancers that are treatable with radiotherapy.

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State-of-the-art High Energy Linear Accelerators are used to deliver intensity-modulated radiation therapy. We were the first cancer center in Southern Indiana to offer this innovative therapy to treat patients needing radiation for cancer treatment.

Our Radiation Department is staffed by two Board Certified Radiation Oncologists and two Radiation Physicists. They are supported by the rest of the team available to help navigate patients and their families through the treatment program.


Clinical Nutrition Services

Our registered dietitian provides a nutrition assessment, consults and provides patient education.

Social Work

Our oncology social worker assesses a patient's needs in order to provide an individualized cancer care program that addresses the physical and emotional needs of the patient and family.

Cancer Center interior panorama

Rehabilitation Program

Your Individualized Plan — Our team is highly trained and ready to help all cancer survivors heal optimally, both physically and emotionally, whether they are cured, in remission or living with cancer as a chronic condition.

Your cancer rehabilitation plan will depend on your individualized goals that focus on increasing strength and energy, managing pain and improving your functioning and well-being.

Cancer rehabilitation can improve your quality of life - whether you are going through treatment now, finished recently or long ago. Cancer rehabilitation is just one more way we are working to provide you with the highest quality care when you need it; before, during and after cancer treatment.

Insurance Coverage — Most cancer rehabilitation services are reimbursed by health insurance providers, including Medicare. We will work with your insurance provider to determine your benefits and coordinate any pre-certification needs.

Cancer Treatment: The Footprint of Therapy

Cancer Center oncologist Kevin McMullen, MD, discusses the advanced cancer treatment options available at Columbus Regional Health and the importance these tools play in survivorship. "From the time the patient first walks in the door, we need to be thinking about that patient as a cancer survivor," he said, "and we need to be thinking about the footprint of the therapy we leave behind."

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