Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer cells are often shaped differently from healthy cells, and they reproduce rapidly, forming tumors, despite signals sent from the body to stop.
Continuity of care begins at the Danny Bell Cancer Center at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center with a multi-disciplinary committee of medical professionals reviewing each patient's individual case and recommending the best course of treatment. Our team and services work in unison to provide you with the best treatment, follow-up and compassionate care available, all in a setting close to home.
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The human genome contains many types of genes that control cell growth. When these genes have an error in their DNA, they may not work properly. Cancer can develop if many gene errors occur.
After your cancer diagnosis, everything in life may suddenly feel out of control. Your initial thoughts may be "How could this have happened to me?" and "How will I get through this?"
The goals of cancer treatment are to get rid of the cancer; prevent it from recurring; prolong life, and, if necessary, provide palliation, or easing of symptoms to improve quality of life.
Newer tests and cancer treatments have added many months and years to people's lives. As a result, cancer is increasingly viewed as a long-term chronic illness.
Making careful food choices will help support your immune system's fight against cancer. The foods you choose to eat during treatment will vary according to any side effects you may have.
The Danny Bell Radiation Oncology Center is equipped with today’s best technology, designed to adapt to tomorrow’s breakthroughs. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is a 3-dimensional technology that allows radiation oncologists to modulate the radiation dose around critical structures that previously limited treatments. Another advent is the use of Computed Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) fusion to further limit and direct radiation therapy.
Hematology and Oncology Services at PBRMC have provided patients with the highest quality care for more than 25 years. Our skilled oncology specialists utilize the latest cancer treatments and individualized therapies, providing a full range of cancer treatment options. Our mission is to help every patient deal with the complexities of cancer, not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. We offer the latest in cancer care without our patients enduring lengthy travel times for frequent treatments.
The recently renovated Ambulatory Infusion Center provides a relaxing, spacious atmosphere for chemotherapy and infusion patients. Because treatment can be lengthy, the environment is calming, from the furniture to the decor. In addition to space, the renovations have improved the flow of patients, adding up to an overall improved level of care. Services provided include Chemotherapy, Biotherapy, Therapeutic IV Treatments, Daily Antibiotic Therapy, Therapeutic Injections, Hydration, Lab Draw, Dressing Changes and Flushing of Devices.
Our dedicated team of surgical specialists works with cancer patients and their primary care physicians if a recommendation for surgery arises. Areas of surgical treatment range from breast cancer to gastrointestinal cancer (including the esophagus, stomach and small intestine), from colon cancer (with laparoscopic re-sections) to skin cancer and lung cancer (with thoracoscopic procedures), as well as prostate surgery and radiation seed implantation, and sentinel lymph node surgery.
In addition, the surgical team also provides care to select cases of gallbladder, liver and pancreatic cancers, as well as procedures related to lymphoma and leukemia, and placement of vascular access devices for chemotherapy administration.