The Midwest Cancer Alliance is a membership-based organization created by the University of Kansas Cancer Center that links member hospitals, physician groups, cancer support and advocacy organizations, industry and government throughout Kansas and western Missouri. Its purpose is to provide strong support to community oncologists and cancer care professionals. Its goal is to advance the quality and reach of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship in the Heartland.
Cancer continues to take a significant toll on the lives of patients, as well as their families and friends. The MCA builds on the strengths of cancer professionals in the region to find the best resources. As part of this organization, Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute is teaming with other cancer care leaders to ensure patients receive the best options to heal.
Advanced care for patients: Cancer treatment is disruptive enough in patients' lives. The MCA's core goal is to facilitate advanced clinical trials for cancer patients as close to their homes as possible, helping to remove one of the burdens of receiving cancer care.
• Oncologists affiliated with MCA can share information efficiently to help diagnose and treat patients, which advances Dreiling/Schmidt's high standards of care.
• Patients at MCA-affiliated hospitals and physician practices have access to comprehensive cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis and care information, along with other health resources.
• Patients can receive second opinion services through the University of Kansas Cancer Center and multidisciplinary care for every diagnosis.
• Patients can be enrolled in MCAsponsored prevention, screening and early detection trials at HaysMed. Patients who have had standard therapies fail can receive access to state of the art clinical trials, thanks to the collaboration.
• MCA members share information and best practices for the benefit of patients in the region. Cancer care professionals have access to member networking events and conferences, continuing medical and nursing credits and members-only Web resources.
• Dreiling/Schmidt physicians can share valuable resources with a host of other regional cancer care leaders and be part of a team dedicated to finding answers.
• Advances in cancer care and therapies close to home help Dreiling/Schmidt attract and retain top physicians, nurses and staff in rural areas. These advances create and maintain jobs, and they spur related economic development.
To learn more, visit www.midwestcanceralliance.org.