UPDATE 8/19/14 @ 6:20 p.m.
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- One local hospital is making a move to help battle cancer a little closer to home.
Holzer Center for Cancer Care announced Tuesday that it will join forces with the James Cancer Network, an extension of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solovoe Research Institute.
The affiliation is for medical oncology and radiation oncology services.
Now that Holzer is a member of the James Cancer Network, they will have access to targeted treatments and the latest clinical trials for each patient’s unique cancer.
The James has more than 150 oncologists who each specialize in one type of cancer, giving patients precise care.
The collaboration will allow patients to have blood work and screen testing done without having to drive to Columbus.
Physicians from both hospitals are now able to share electronic records, streamlining the process and have video conferences to bounce ideas back and forth on how to provide better care.
A woman from Gallipolis who was diagnosed with cancer within the past year spoke at the event Tuesday.
“This is beyond words right now, really trying to describe the magnitude of this happening,” said Barb Shelton. “We're not a gigantic hospital here and for them to accept us and ask for us to become affiliated with them, I mean that is a milestone that a small community can really put out there and brag about.”
She found out in November that she has a rare form of cancer that needed to be treated by a specialist. She started going to the James in January. The new affiliation will help keep her closer to home for some of her checkups.
The James Cancer Network is an extension of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
As a member of the network, Holzer will have expanded access to targeted treatments, and the latest clinical trials, according to a news release.
“It’s important because it enables both Holzer and Ohio State to achieve our shared vision- developing and delivering the most effective ways to prevent, detect, treat, and cure cancer- and doing that close to home so that where you live doesn’t dictate what care you can receive,” said Dr. Michael A Caligiuri, Director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Care Center and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital.
HCCC opened in March 2005.