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Cancer treatment center offers more individualized care

March 3, 2016

Cancer treatment center offers more individualized care

By CHELSEA - The Alliance Review Published: March 3, 2016 3:00 AM

Those in the Alliance area battling cancer and blood disorders can now receive treatment closer to home at the Aultman Cancer Center of Alliance Community Hospital, located at the corner of Sawburg Avenue and Glamorgan Street.

The cancer treatment facility held an open house Wednesday for the public to view the site, which has been open since January. Staff were on hand to greet the public and give tours.

Complete with private patient rooms and an infusion room where chemotherapy can be administered, the facility prides itself in quality care like the bigger hospitals in a smaller, more comfortable atmosphere. The infusion room and patient rooms also have room for families and caregivers to sit with patients during their treatment, something that is rare in bigger hospitals.

"This is a little more home-like and less like an institution," said Tina Biasella, vice president of cancer services at Aultman.

She said patients can have more individual, one-on-one care with the nurses and staff compared to bigger hospitals with a large infusion room.

The infusion room has personal TV screens for patients with reclining chairs that face corner windows to the outside.

There are four nurses on staff and a full-time doctor, Dr. Amir Iqbal.

Aultman and Alliance Community Hospital have been in a partnership for 16 years. The Aultman Heart Center at Alliance Community Hospital is another of the specialty practices created by the two.

Melissa Henschen, one of the nurses at the Aultman Cancer Center of Alliance Community Hospital, said it is these speciality practices that are adding to the Alliance community.

"The Alliance Community Hospital provides the little speciality areas and this is one of them. Our patients are happy we are here being so close to home," she said.

Proximity to home is an important factor in cancer treatment, according to Iqbal. He said patients usually need treatment once a week and travel can be difficult given their physical conditions.

"Cancer patients are often weak and tired and can't stand distant travels," he said.

Patients will be able to get most of their care at the new facility.

There is also a radiologist down the hall from the new cancer center that many of the patients visit for in conjunction with their treatment.

The new facility is located at 885 S. Sawburg Ave., Suite 110, in Alliance and can be reached at 330-596-1811.

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