If diagnosed with cancer, the need for top-notch treatment and follow-up is immediate. Our staff of highly-qualified surgeons, nurses, and specialists in hematology, oncology, and oncology radiation are here to help you during this difficult time.
The Conway Regional cancer program is approved by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer. Our oncology department offers inpatient and outpatient care during your recovery, including an expanded Cancer Hematology Outpatient Unit dedicated to both cancer and hematology including chemotherapy. Lymphedema care and advanced services for detection of breast cancer are also available at Conway Regional.
Conway Regional works with Cancer specialists in Hematology/Oncology and Radiation Oncology to provide you with the most complete care. Visit our online Physician Directory to learn more about these specialist.
Prevention & Wellness
Living a healthy lifestyle is always the first step in prevention of illness. The American Cancer Society recommends following the cancer screening guidelines for those people at average risk for cancer and without any symptoms.
Modern medicine provides us the opportunity to detect cancer at earlier stages. There are many screenings available for various types of cancer including:
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Colon/Rectal Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Skin Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer
For an overview of the guidelines for detecting cancer download the Cancer Screening Recommendations.
Risk factors identified for cancer fall under two categories: lifestyle choices that can be changed and inherited traits that you are born with and can not change. Risk Factors that can not be changed include - age, sex, and family history. Risk factors that you can change in order to reduce your risk of cancer include - use of tobacco or alcohol, eating habits, and exposure to the sun.
But risk factors don't tell us everything. Just because you have a risk factor does not mean you will have cancer and because you have cancer it does not mean the risk factor contributed to the cancer. It is highly recommended that both men and women work with their family doctor to develop a plan for assessing their risk for various types of cancer.
Conway Regional offers numerous diagnostic tests to detect the presence of cancer, all of which can be ordered by physicians based upon their assessment of each patient's individual needs.
Physicians have access to the following services for their patients:
- Imaging Services including MRI, CT, PET/CT, Mammography.
- Laboratory Services offering testing right on the Medical Center campus for patient specimen.
- Surgery Services offering some of the latest in surgery technology.
Patients are encouraged to work closely with their physician if they are concerned about the possiblity of cancer or their risk factors for cancer.
Conway Regional offers a variety of treatment and procedure options. Physicians and patients will create a plan of treatment that could include the use of some of the following treatment/procedure options.
Conway Regional offers inpatient and outpatient surgery services on the medical center campus. Our surgical staff has the expertise to aid patients in deciding which surgical procedure or other treatment options are best for them.
Our cancer department offers inpatient and outpatient treatment and care, including an expanded Cancer Hematology Outpatient Unit dedicated to both cancer and hematology including chemotherapy.
Chemotheraphy treatments may be given on an inpatient or outpatient basis per the patient's physician. This means that treatment regimes and protocols prescribed by specialists at top cancer facilities, including those for rare forms of cancer, can all be performed within the health system. Chemotherapy services are provided through the outpatient center located on the second floor of the hospital. In addition to on-campus chemotherapy, off-campus radiation therapy is available at the nearby CARTI/Conway Regional facilities.
Many individuals with cancer develop a common post-operative condition called lymphedema. We have specially trained lymphedema management (Leduc Method) occupational therapists on staff at the Conway Regional Therapy Centers. Only a few individuals in Central Arkansas have this specialized training.