Many people whose world has been shaken by a diagnosis of cancer are seeking an approach to healing which is sensitive to their own needs - needs of the mind, heart and spirit. This is the foundation on which Leesburg Regional Medical Center has built its Cancer Care Program, which consists of a dedicated inpatient unit with 12 private patient rooms, an outpatient infusion center, and an award-winning cancer registry. In fact, Leesburg Regional recently received a three-year accreditation with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
With private rooms to maximize patient comfort and encourage family involvement, medical oncology patients receive unique and specialized care delivered by radiation oncology physicians, oncology nurses, outstanding community physicians, and other members of the multidisciplinary care team. Recognizing the complex needs of cancer patients and their families, Cancer Care Services at Leesburg Regional requires and Oncology Certified Nurse to serve in the role of Nurse Manager.
Another extension of our comprehensive cancer care services at Leesburg Regional Medical Center includes the Outpatient Infusion Center. Our compassionate and caring Infusion Center nurses are educated and credentialed by the Oncology Nurse Society's Biotherapy and Chemotherapy standards. Typical services provided may include chemotherapy and blood administration, intravenous therapies, bladder installations, PICC line insertions, and various diagnostic procedures including bone marrow aspirations.
Through our Cancer Registry at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, data is collected and patient are followed closely to monitor outcomes. Our team is able to track important trends such as survival rates and types of treatments used to help determine the most common types of cancer in our community. In 2011, the Cancer Program at Leesburg Regional was awarded the Jean Byers Oncology Award from the Florida Cancer Registrar Association. Leesburg Regional was among the select few institutions in the region chosen to receive the award and is one of the few to receive this award eight times.
For eight years, Leesburg Regional Medical Center and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute have had an affiliation agreement to improve the delivery of cancer care services in Lake, Sumter and South Marion counties. The affiliation enhances the quality of cancer care for Florida residents through a system that promotes a seamless transition between the community and academic health settings. Patients continue to receive the finest community cancer care while having access to Moffitt's internationally renowned physicians and scientists for unusual or complex cases. The affiliation emphasizes early detection and cancer prevention, enables Leesburg Regional physicians and cancer patients to participate in a broad range of clinical trials, and offers opportunities for physicians to participate more easily in continuing education and clinical collaboration.