August 23 2004 - CANCER TREATMENT AT MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL OFFERS HOPE

Press Release - August 23, 2004
CANCER TREATMENT AT MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL OFFERS HOPE

For Immediate Release

August 23, 2004

Contact:
John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL ONCOLOGY OFFERS HOPE


TYLER, TX – For those seeking to regain their health after a cancer diagnosis, The Cancer Institute at Mother Frances Hospital offers hope. The 26-bed unit, located on the third floor of the Hospital, serves oncology patients through access to the finest oncologists and the latest treatments.

Working closely with the nationally recognized physicians and staff of Tyler Cancer Center as well as other oncologists in the region, The Cancer Center at Mother Frances Hospital provides a holistic approach to cancer treatment including outpatient therapy and an exercise rehabilitation area.

“Trinity Mother Frances Health System is dedicated to providing care to the individual and family experiencing cancer. That's why we offer a truly comprehensive program that includes surgical intervention, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, support services and rehabilitation. The Institute includes the latest laboratory and imaging equipment for diagnosis. We also operate a cancer registry that provides analytical data on incidence, treatment and survival. This critical information is available to physicians, administrators, the Texas Department of Health and the National Cancer Database,” said Melanie Schulte, RN, divisional director of medical/surgical ICU and oncology, Mother Frances Hospital.

“Our nurses undergo extensive chemotherapy training which gives them a much better understanding of what the patient is undergoing physically and emotionally. This helps the patient have a better treatment experience and hopefully a better outcome,” added Mrs. Schulte.

The Hope Room at Mother Frances Hospital is an exercise facility designed with the needs of oncology patients in mind. The equipment and room layout are tailored for patients who are battling the rigors of cancer treatment.

“Support and education are the Institute's main goals, to aid those newly diagnosed with cancer. We highly recommend the Cancer Foundation for Life program, which is operated by retired oncologist Dr. Gary Kimmel,” said Mrs. Schulte. “The program offers access to a group of patients who are dealing with similar medical issues. It is a positive step toward recovery.”

The Cancer Foundation for Life is an organization dedicated to providing cancer survivors with nurturing programs in the home and community to create a renewed enthusiasm for living. The organization strives to reach people within all stages of cancer who do not have the physical, emotional or fiscal resources to initiate a structured, monitored exercise program.

For more information on services at The Cancer Institute at Mother Frances Hospital, visit www.tmfhs.org or call TeleCare Plus at 903-531-5678 or 800-535-9799. Trinity Mother Frances Health System is comprised of Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in east Texas, with over 150 physicians representing 25 specialties.

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