Source: The News-Enterprise
ISSUE: Cutting-edge cancer care available locally
OUR VIEW: HMH makes significant strides
Cancer is a disease that affects one out of three people in our community and the numbers continue to grow.
The No. 1 killer of people between ages 35 and 80, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the incidences of cancer are expected to increase by 45 percent over the next decade because of demographics related to the aging baby boom generation.
While these statistics are alarming, it is comforting to know local residents can receive cutting-edge care locally at Hardin Memorial Health’s Cancer Care Center.
Since moving the center from the basement — sometimes referred to as the dungeon — of the hospital, HMH has continued to increase its capacity to treat more types of cancers.
Through affiliations between HMH and key partners, local patients have access to a more robust variety of clinical trials and advanced technology — all while staying close to home.
Breast, lung and prostate cancers are the most prevalent types in our region. HMH is creating targeted treatment and diagnostic programs for each of these types.
HMH continues to recruit oncology physicians and professionals to meet the growing demand.
Just in the past month, the additions include Dr. Ashley Kerekes, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon; Dr. Chandler Park, a 1993 North Hardin High graduate who is an experienced and skilled oncologist; and Nancy Bowles who left a leadership position at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville to become assistant vice president of oncology at HMH.
New initiatives such as expanded lung cancer screening and treatment, survivorship clinics, genetics counseling and additional research missions are on the way, according to Dr. Adam Lye, medical director of the HMH Cancer Care Center.
Quality cancer screening and treatment is here. The HMH Cancer Care Center on Robinbrooke Boulevard offers the industry standard of care and access to clinical trials from Baptist Health and University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center, which is the only National Cancer Institute cancer center in the state.
HMH Cancer Care Center is committed to meeting the demand for more and better treatment options to fight cancer.
It’s a blessing to have this facility in the community.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.