The SNCC Medical Oncology team offers a broad array of expertise. Our advanced facilities, specialized teams and commitment to research are devoted to innovation in cancer diagnosis, treatment and patient services.
At our two centers, your care is supported by many advances in healthcare, including the latest treatments, an in-house lab, PET and CT imaging, an integrated electronic medical record system, clinical trials, advanced diagnostic tests, genetic counseling and patient advocacy.
In addition to innovation in health care, our experts work side by side on your care and follow a team approach that puts your needs at the heart of all that we do.
What is a medical oncologist?
A medical oncologist is a physician who directs your medical care while you are undergoing treatment for cancer. Your first appointment will be spent discussing and understanding your diagnosis as well as options for treatment. Treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Your oncologist will monitor your care and treatment during each succeeding appointment. They will work with you to improve your quality of life during your treatment by managing your symptoms and pain with the appropriate medications.
What is a hematologist?
A hematologist is a physician who treats patients with blood diseases, associated with blood cells and the blood forming organs. The first curable cancers – lymphoma and leukemia in the 1950′s – were blood disorders treated by chemotherapy; and because of that, hematology and oncology are closely linked.
On-site CT and PET imaging
Our on-site CT scans and PET imaging give us the ability to diagnose and treat patients using modern imaging technology. PET and CT scans are performed at our central clinic, located at 68th and O Street in Lincoln.
Computed tomography (CT) scan, also called computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan, is used to create cross-sectional images of structures in the body. In this procedure, x-rays are taken from many different angles and processed through a computer to produce a three-dimensional (3-D) image called a tomogram. CT scans are pictures taken by a specialized x-ray machine. The machine circles your body and scans an area from every angle within that circle. The machine measures how much the x-ray beams change as they pass through your body. It then relays that information to a computer, which generates a collection of black and white pictures, each showing a slightly different “slice” or cross-section of your internal organs. Because these “slices” are spaced only about a quarter-inch apart, they give a very good representation of your internal organs and other structures. Physicians use CT scans to evaluate all major part of the body, including the abdomen, back, chest and head.
The power of advanced molecular imaging provided by Positron Emission Tomography (PET) combined with the detailed anatomic images provide by Computed Tomography (CT), has enhanced the diagnosing, staging and restaging of cancer patients. One of PET’s most important applications today is assisting physicians in detecting cancer before structural changes become apparent through traditional imaging methods. Fused PET/CT images can be used to target radiation treatment more accurately and monitor the effects of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation treatment. Metabolic and anatomic whole-body staging of patients can be performed in one examination and reduce scan times, thus increasing patient comfort. PET/CT has another advantage over CT or MRI alone, in that a PET/CT scan can examine large areas of the body in a single scanning session, producing images of body functions unavailable by other imaging techniques.
Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center is at the forefront of this technology, having the first fixed PET/CT scanner in Lincoln, Nebraska accredited by the American College of Radiology. SNCC has voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to be sure we meet nationally accepted standards. Personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret your medical images. You can be assured by this certification that the treatment you receive, and the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.
Our infusion areas are designed to provide a comfortable atmosphere conducive to patient needs while receiving chemotherapy and education about their treatment regimens. While relaxing in comfortable recliners during treatment patients may pass the time in many ways. They may read a book from our lending library, watch a DVD or listen to a CD from our collection. We also offer soft drinks, juice and snacks.
Our nurses are committed to assisting patients and their families by providing continual education about treatment related issues while offering personal nursing care. All infusion staff are trained in biotherapy and chemotherapy administration. Many of our registered nurses are certified in oncology and all nurses are involved in ongoing education to learn the latest treatments available to our patients and newest trends in patient care.
Our on-site lab allows patients to receive testing on-location and delivers test results in a fast and efficient manner. Most lab work can be performed in our offices; but for those tests that must be run at another site, we perform blood draws. Bone marrow biopsies are done in our procedure room.
Cancer patients in rural Nebraska deserve the same quality care as anyone else. That’s why we offer ten communities across Nebraska access to our experience and state-of-the-art technology. It’s our way of delivering personalized care to patients every day. Travel doesn’t need to be a part of your journey to better health – leave that to us. Yet another way we are leading cancer care.