Floyd Memorial Hospital and Cancer Center of Indiana Join Forces to Fight Cancer

May 11, 2010

Doubling our efforts in the fight against cancer, Floyd Memorial Hospital recently acquired the Cancer Center of Indiana, bringing an even more comprehensive approach to cancer care to Southern Indiana. Board Certified Medical Oncologist Naveed Chowhan, MD, will serve as the Center’s medical director. “This collaboration brings almost all of the components of cancer diagnosis and treatment under one roof, making it more convenient for patients and their caregivers,” explained Dr. Chowhan.

“When we evaluated the pros and cons of a complete affiliation with Floyd Memorial, we looked at the Center and its services from the patient’s perspective. Being part of a larger organization will allow our patients access to even more services and support programs which only enhances their satisfaction and care.”

Naveed Chowhan, MD
Board Certified Medical
Oncologist/Hematologist
Medical Director,
Cancer Center of Indiana

The Cancer Center of Indiana, located just down the street from Floyd Memorial at 2210 Green Valley Road in New Albany, opened in 2001. The Center was owned by the medical oncology practice, Cancer Care Center, and Floyd Memorial leased the lower level for its radiation oncology services. Now the Center will operate as one entity, which allows Floyd Memorial, who is accredited by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer, to bring a renowned and respected cancer medical team on board, only enhancing the Hospital’s quality of care.

Yasoda Dev, MD, treats cancer and bloodrelated disorders at the Cancer Center of Indiana. Dr. Dev noted, “There are so many cancers that benefit from combined treatment modalities with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. As a combined entity, we will hold multidisciplinary meetings with physicians from departments of internal medicine, family medicine, radiology, pathology, surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology to review patient cases and discuss combined approaches for optimal patient care.”

In addition to offering the latest tools for accurate diagnosis and aggressive treatment of cancer, the Center is also actively involved in cutting-edge research and clinical trials. The level of dedication directed to presenting all patients with the possibility of participating in clinical trials at the Cancer Center of Indiana is rare outside the university medical setting. “When we look at trials to participate in, we try to choose studies that match up with the types of cancers most commonly diagnosed among our patients which includes breast, colon and lungcancer. However, we don’t limit our participation to only these diagnoses, we offer all of our patients the opportunity to partake in any trial that could improve their prognosis,” said Dr. Chowhan.

The Center has 51 employees who will all remain on staff. This ensures current patients that they will receive the same level of quality care from the same staff that has been caring for them during their cancer treatment. Along with the New Albany location, the Center has two satellite offices – one in Jeffersonville and one in Scottsburg. Dr. Dev explained, “As a private medical practice, there are many things that we have been able to accomplish that can be carried over to the hospital setting to enhance the patient experience. By joining the Hospital, we enjoy the benefits of being part of a larger organization which will allow us to grow our services and provide an even more comprehensive care to our patients.”

“This acquisition is the perfect opportunity to combine a private medical oncology practice well known for providing outstanding patient care with a hospital who has invested the time and energy to be recognized as a leader in quality clinical care.”

Yasoda Dev, MD
Board Certified Medical
Oncologist/ Hematologist
Cancer Center of Indiana

At the Cutting-Edge of Clinical Research

It isn’t rare for cancer patients to have to travel to other cities or states to take advantage of investigational trials and research studies. At the Cancer Center of Indiana, all patients are counseled on the option of participating in any research study that might improve their prognosis. In fact, the Center’s affiliation with the Hoosier Oncology Group, a part of the Indiana University Medical Center, allows the team to offer even more opportunities for patients to participate in clinical studies.

Currently, the Center has active studies in breast, colorectal, lung, leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma cancers. For more information on clinical studies available at the Cancer Center of Indiana, call 812-945-4000.

Spectrum of Services

Medical Oncology: medical field that diagnoses and plans a course of treatment for cancer patients primarily utilizing chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and oral chemotherapeutic agents.

Radiation Oncology: medical field that treats cancer using radiation therapy treatment modalities.
The Cancer Center of Indiana offers the following modalities for fighting cancer:

  • Siemens ONCOR linear accelerator
  • CT/Simulator and 3D treatment planning computer
  • IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy)
  • Brachytherapy: Treatment that involves the internal placement of radiotherapy sources that give off radiation targeting the tumor from the inside of the body.
  • MAMMOSITE® Therapy for Breast Cancer: Advanced brachytherapy treatment for breast cancer that drastically reduces treatment time from six weeks to five days
  • PET/CT Scan
  • X-ray capabilities
  • DXAscan for bone density
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy: Procedure that takes a small sampling of cells from the bone marrow to check for diseases related to blood and cancer.
  • Genetic Testing and Counseling: Blood test for detecting hereditary cancer risk.
  • Complimentary Massage Therapy: Offered to both cancer patients and their caregivers.
  • ACCULOC® Technology for Prostate Cancer: Advanced radiation treatment using gold seed markers that is less invasive than traditional prostate cancer treatments.
  • Hematology: medical field that studies and treats blood disorders and cancers related to blood and bone marrow.
  • Clinical Trials: Dedicated certified oncology research nurse oversees ongoing clinical trials.
  • Immunotherapy: Treatment that uses your immune system to fight the cancer.
  • Pain Management: Comprehensive care and management of cancer-related pain.
  • Bio-Feedback: A pain management option that teaches patients how to control certain bodily responses that happen normally such as blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Acupuncture: Insertion of thin needles into various points of the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes.
  • Gynecologic Oncology: Medical field that focuses on the treatment of cancers of the female’s reproductive system.
  • Support Groups and Classes: A variety of support groups and classes are held for cancer patients, caregivers and the general public. A complete listing can be found at www.floydmemorial.com/events
  • Patient Education Resource Center: A library of cancer-related information, brochures and resources available free  of cost
  • Women’s Boutique: A dedicated boutique offering prosthesis fittings, wigs and turbins.