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We Take a Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Cancer

Video: James Maher MD, physician director of the TriHealth Cancer Institute, explains how our patient-focused experts collaborate to ensure that you have access to the most advanced programs in cancer treatment, research, genetics, nutritional care and exercise.

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Newly Diagnosed

After a cancer diagnosis, patients and their families have many decisions to make in a short time. Where do I go for treatment? What costs will be covered by insurance? What about travel expenses? As a cancer patient, you are urged to take an active role in your care, and make treatment decisions that are best for you and your loved ones.

TriHealth physicians detect cancer more than those at any other health care system in Ohio. And while no one wants to hear that they have cancer, the TriHealth Cancer Institute helps our patients navigate their care from diagnosis, to treatment, to rehabilitation and to recovery and survivorship.

 

Prognosis

A prognosis is a cancer specialist's best estimate of how your disease will respond to treatment, and what your life expectancy may be. Some patients whose cancer is discovered in the early stages may only need minor treatment. Others with advanced cancer may have few treatment options, if any, or may have an aggressive cancer with a low survival rate.

Patients who receive the worst news may proceed with treatment anyway; others may refuse treatment. Whatever decision you make, consider the wishes of loved ones, and talk it over with your cancer care team.

Cost and Insurance Coverage

Because cancer treatment involves sophisticated techniques, machinery and medicine, it can be very expensive. Some treatments require a hospital stay of one night or more, which adds on to the overall cost. Health insurance and managed care plans rarely cover all the costs of cancer treatment, so it's important to find out what is and is not covered by your policy. Uncovered expenses are the patient's responsibility.

 

Clinical Trials

Some newly-diagnosed patients may be eligible to join a clinical trial. These carefully controlled studies test new drugs or treatments that may be as good or better than standard care. Clinical trials have provided new hope for some people whose cancer has not responded to traditional treatments. View current clinical trials

 

 

Your First Appointment

We recommend dressing in comfortable clothes and footwear. Bring a sweater, since it can be chilly in the clinics.

Managing Your Treatment

Cancer and aggressive cancer treatments can impact your health and well-being. Get the details on how to manage any issues that may arise during your treatment experience.

Side Effects

Many cancer treatments come with side effects. TriHealth Cancer Institute has resources to deal with these symptoms so that you can concentrate on fighting cancer, including:

Getting Support

As a patient in the TriHealth Cancer Institute, you have a wealth of support services at your fingertips. We know that cancer care is far more than just treatment. Counseling, support groups, complementary therapies and activities are available for patients and their caregivers are available at TriHealth or thorugh our community partnerships

TriHealth Cancer Support Services

At the TriHealth Cancer Institute, we know that providing complete care involves much more than just the required clinical treatments. That's why we offer support services, to help you learn, cope and heal. See all support services.

WhatNext

TriHealth partners with WhatNext to allow cancer patients to connect with others who have been in their situation.  "It's like Facebook for people who have been touched by cancer." says Mark Witte, executive director of TriHealth Cancer Institute. "It's really a place to connect, to learn about different treatment options, to ask questions and get support when you need it most."  Learn more.

TriHealth Cancer Wellness Program

This eight week, twice per week small group exercise class is for people who are receiving cancer treatment or have completed cancer treatment. Participants will engage in activities designed to build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase endurance and flexibility, and improve functional ability. Learn more & register

National Online Services for Cancer Support

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society offers over 70,000 resources to cancer patients and their families. The Greater Cincinnati chapter of ACS can offer many services to you and your family.

Cancer Family Care

Cancer Family Care is a nonprofit organization that helps children and adults cope with the effects of a cancer diagnosis in the family. We are known throughout the Greater Cincinnati region as a force of compassion and strength in the face of cancer-related illness and loss.

Cancer Support Community

The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Likely the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States, CSC offers a menu of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer. These support services are available through a network of professionally-led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online, so that no one has to face cancer alone.

The Cancer Support Community and its network of affiliates have offered support, education and hope to people impacted by cancer for nearly 30 years. Now Open to Options™, helps you identify important questions about your treatment options based upon your personal needs. Call today to speak with one of our counselors 888 793 9355.

 

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