Cancer Care and Infusion Services
We offer care for cancer patients and patients with blood disorders at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. We also offer therapeutic phlebotomies (for individuals who have too many red blood cells due to malignant or genetic causes.) Our nurses specialize in chemotherapy administration and management of chemotherapy side effects. They care deeply about their patients and are an excellent resource for patients and families. An added benefit is the fact local patients do not need to leave town to receive their cancer care.
Our staff includes certified cancer care nurses and our board-certified medical oncologist, Dr. Michael Slaughter who is associated with the Franciscan Physician Health Network. Dr. Slaughter’s distinction of being board certified indicates the education he has undertaken beyond the minimal standards and competency requirements in a chosen specialty. Board certification is voluntary and includes a rigorous exam that tests a physician’s ability to diagnose and treat patients. To maintain certification, physicians can participate in activities that assess knowledge of the latest scientific developments and changes in their area of specialty. In essence, the certification provides patients the assurance that the physician continues to display a superior level of knowledge and skill.
The Cancer Care team also includes a Nurse Navigator. The Nurse Navigator is a registered nurse, specially trained in cancer care, and serves as a guide and advocate for you and your family. The navigator works with your entire care team to coordinate the best care possible through each phase of treatment. During this time, the Nurse Navigator will help you regain control and maximize your quality of life.
In addition, our experienced, multidisciplinary staff include includes social work, rehabilitation services, clinical nutrition, and an oncology pharmacist.
Public Reporting of Outcomes
To learn more about how DCMH is making a difference in our community click here.
High Risk Cancer Screening and Prevention Program
By filling out the Hereditary Cancer Quiz, patients will have the option of sending the results to DCMH Cancer Care to be reviewed. This brief questionnaire will help you determine whether you should be further evaluated for either Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome or Lynch syndrome. On average, the quiz takes less than 1 minute to complete: Hereditary Cancer Quiz
Cancer Care Support Group
Our cancer care department invites all cancer survivors, patients, family members and friends to join us for our support group. This group focuses on courage, hope and staying positive. Confidentiality and anonymity is honored. The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:00-6:30pm and is located on the fourth floor of the Cancer Care lobby. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
When: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: Fourth Floor Cancer Care Lobby
Contact: Nikki Reed, Cancer Care Manager
We provide outpatient infusion services that include medications and blood products as ordered by your physician or specialist. A dedicated team of pharmacists and highly-trained infusion nurses coordinate care and ensure the best possible outcome. Our outpatient infusion service department offers a convenient option for receiving services close to home. Infusion Services is located in the Cancer Care & Infusion Services department at the hospital.
Available Monday thru Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm
Next day appointments are available.
- Blood transfusions
- Hydration to decease readmission and emergency room visits
- Therapeutic phlebotomy
- Treatment of multiple sclerosis
- Treatment of Crohn’s disease
- Treatment of iron deficiencies
- Multi-vitamins for bariatric conditions
Referring A Patient
We understand arranging infusion services for your patients can be time-consuming. When scheduling, please be prepared with the following:
- Patient’s full name and date of birth
- Patient’s contact information
- Referring physician
- Signed physician order
- Drug name, dose, frequency
- Last office visit notes (If not on All Scripts)
- Most recent lab results (If not on All Scripts)
- Diagnosis code
- Prior authorization if required (supply authorization number)